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James Corden’s six minute rant of ‘greedy’ Super League bosses goes viral

James Corden’s six minute rant of ‘greedy’ European Super League bosses goes viral after it went out live on the Late Late Show.

The actor turned presenter used his platform to passionately explain to a US audience why the European Super League (ESL) is terrible for football.

Corden, a West Ham fan, was nearly in tears as he talked through his speech, which has been praised globally for echoing the thoughts of many football fans.

Acknowledging that those in the audience – plus the millions watching at home – might not be interested in the story, Corden said: “Now without boring those of you who don’t care, which is basically 100 per cent of the people in this room, the truth is that this whole thing – making this move, these teams, these owners – are killing, they will kill, hundreds of other football teams that compete with them and have competed with them many times over the years.

“Disregarding the fanbases of those teams and disregarding the fanbases of their own teams who are devastated about this, too, because these aren’t small teams.

“This decision is monumental and I’m heartbroken by it – genuinely heartbroken by it.

“I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I’ve ever seen in sport.

“Many football teams in Britain are over 100 years old. They were started by working-class people and built for the communities that they play in. They’re not franchises but these new billionaire owners over the past 10, 12, 15 years have been buying up all the top teams and have slowly but surely they’ve moved them away from the communities and foundations on which these teams were built.”

Corden continued: “They don’t care about anybody but themselves. If anything, I would say that they look at the historical fanbases of every single club with disdain. They want a closed shop where the rich get richer.

“They don’t care if the teams below them struggle. They’ll take the money regardless of performances and regardless of success on the pitch. It’s disgraceful.”

He added: “The statement from the 12 owners about why they’re doing this and why they’ve announced such a jaw-dropping plan during the season, when there are still seven games to go, is disgusting.

“In their statement, three times they mention the pandemic as a reason to do this. A pandemic that’s been catastrophic for clubs and communities across Britain.

“It’s hard to express how much these communities rely on football, not just financially (which is considerable) but football is like a focal point of a town’s hopes and dreams. These dreams have been shattered, not just in Britain but all across Europe.

“And the reason these dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat or a second boat.

“Football is a working-class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day and it’s that that’s made it incredible. It’s that that’s made it the global force that it is today.”

Corden then mentioned the Leicester City Premier League success story and said the owners of the 12 European Super League founder clubs want to prevent anything similar from happening again in the future.

“They’re not invited into this rich boys’ clique because the wealthy teams got together to try and stop that achievement ever happening again – and that isn’t sport,” he said.

“If that happens and unfortunately I really think it will, I don’t want to be over-dramatic but I do think it’s the end of the sport we love. It truly is.

“I think it’s going to happen and I don’t think there’s anything we can do about it, but what we can do is remember the names of these owners. The owners of these teams that made these decisions. How they hid behind a devastating pandemic as a reason to announce this while a season is being played.

“They didn’t consult a single player or manager, they certainly didn’t consult the fans of their teams. They bought into a sport that so many of us live for at 3pm on a Saturday. They took it and they are going to crush it without ever thinking about the damage that’s being done.

“Don’t forget about the people who did this. They took something so pure and so beautiful, and they beat the love and the joy out of it – and they did it for money.

“They just did it for money and it’s disgusting.”

FAN REACTION:

@glesgatim: So much anger today in England. Talk about fairness and values of football. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU GOT 4 AUTOMATIC PLACES IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUES WHEN PROPER CHAMPIONS LIKE AJAX AND CELTIC HAD 3 QUALIFYING ROUNDS? This stuff didn’t happen on Sunday. It’s been 25 years.

@colinstevengr: Talk about hit the nail on the head, well done James spoken like a true fan of the game

@NiallAJT: Good on him for doing so to that audience especially.

@CaptainCalcio: James mate, we are going through the exact same heartbreak. We feel betrayed, we feel ashamed to have owners like these. If this does come on, some of us have no purpose in life anymore. Football means everything to us

@BrettAlex: James Corden NAILS it!! When greed flies off the rails, it harms people, it destroys society, it ends things we live for. And if you don’t care about soccer, imagine something else you’re passionate about being ripped away in a heartbeat, because this proves that it can happen.

@DannyClarry: Not a big fan of James Corden but if you’ve got 6 and a half minutes watch this. Speaks absolute volumes, every fan can relate to this

@krryptttt: We’re all in this James, keep going.

@Skins2002: Spot on Corden, love the passion

@SpursMa70313861: Another couple minutes of that and i wouldve been welling up

@Patterso15Clare: I was already so sad … you have moved me to tears. Thank you for speaking up x

@ArunRamtale: he couldn’t be more spot on, this is the best thing james corden has done in a decade

@Dustfuch1: Im not a huge James Corden fan, but he is absolutely spot on here, you can hear the genuine emotion when he talks about it, he is absolutely correct in everything he says.

@Carlimp17: I think only the players can save us … If they take a stand for sure the owners will have to back out of the madness. But if the players agree, we are doomed.

@UtdSFX: Well said James, great use of your platform in the States, where a lot of these owners are hiding.

@CS_UTV: Speech was probably wasted on that audience, wasn’t wasted on me. Well said

@LFCDucksauce: Thank you James for this. I don’t know what the solution is and I fear that even if we get these owners to walk this back there are going to be other ramifications, what you did here is important.

@Richbow79: I have to say mate. You nailed it. Thank you for using you’re platform in this way.

@JaiP72: You may not be his biggest fan but this is brilliant from James Corden.

@StevenKnightley: Bang on! I don’t even care that we could end up with our first title depending on what they do with expulsion and points deductions. The game is dead

@HannDarren: Well said James, the warning signs were there when they conspired to scupper the takeover of Newcastle United. Too much of a threat to their cartel.

@Arowe68Rowe: James, everything you said is spot on, my family 80 years ago used to scoop up the cow pats from the local fields so that football could be played and enjoyed. This was done for the love of the game, not for a penny, truly sad times

@LUFC1992_v2: If the Super League has found me watching six minutes of James Corden and agreeing with him, then you know it’s wrong and must be stopped

@GoonerGirl1969: Every single football fan should watch this, whether you like James Corden, or not. Spend 6 minutes watching this. 100% bang on the money and I actually welled up at the end.

@DannyClarry: Not a big fan of James Corden but if you’ve got 6 and a half minutes watch this. Speaks absolute volumes, every fan can relate to this

@ArcanePirate: In 10 years time competitive domestic and European football will be thriving because it offers what we love – The European Superleague will be a show league for retiring players and journeyman not good enough for international football looking for a payday that no-one cares about

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