How 12 of football's elite clubs held the sport to ransom by launching their own Super League

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The 12 richest teams in the UK, Spain and Italy joined forces to create the European Super League (ESL). (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
The 12 richest teams in the UK, Spain and Italy joined forces to create the European Super League (ESL). (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Traitors, snakes, liars. The death of football. The craziest 72 hours in sporting history.

All this – and more – has been said about the extraordinary events that had fans baying for blood and threatened to change the beautiful game forever.

But the European Super League was dead in the water before the first ball could be booted. Yet the fallout continues as fans and commentators accuse club owners of caring more about money than the game and the supporters who live and die by it.

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