The manager would have given the go-ahead to United to, hours later, position themselves against the tournament.
In the trajectory of Boris Johnson Several characteristics that define him stand out, but one of that stands out: the ability to survive in politics and translate circumstances into opportunities to win popular support. Since he ran for mayor of London – a position he held from 2008 to 2016 – and until he assumed the reins of the Bhe ruled, the British Prime Minister has exhibited an extraordinary ability to navigate, without sinking, in all kinds of swells. With the management of the coronavirus as its main stumbling block.
In these weeks of football frenzy, this journalist born in New York (United States) has managed to catapult himself into public opinion in the United Kingdom thanks to his leading role in the battle against the Superliga European and in favor of Premier League, one of the emotional jewels of the island population. His work has been well known to convince the six clubs involved in the revolutionary competition – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City – of the forced return to the fold.
A call from you immediately seduced the directors of these sports entities. He threatened to use the disconnection with the European Union to torpedo the hiring of foreign footballers and apply the legislation in order to penalize rebellion. That maneuver, the social pressure of the thousands of fans who spoke out in the streets and social networks, and the frontal confrontation with UEFA would end up undoing the project promoted by Florentino Pérez and Andrea Agnelli. In 48 hours.
But in a story of such a transcendental dimension as it is the case, in the hangover of the hurricane the ins and outs that help to understand what happened tend to be dusted off. And in this informative section, a conversation has come to light that has come to undermine the immaculate and patriotic image that Johnson had managed to build for himself. As a champion and defender of the deep-rooted British traditions that coalesce with domestic football.
The newspaper ‘The Times‘has been in charge of publishing the meeting that the prime minister held that Ed Woodward, Executive Vice President of United, ten days before the announcement of the creation of the Super League. In that talk, as has been leaked, the ‘premier‘he assured the leader of the’Red Devils‘which had him support of your Government in promoting the new-minded tournament. Thus, the contradiction with the stance verbalized by the conservative president since the competition was presented has set fire to the national political future with controversy.
So far has the dimension of this kind of double-sided Johnson come that, according to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’, the opposition is going to demand that he be accountable to the Parliament. That conversation with Woodward – who is resigning as manager of the Old Trafford club in June – has launched Labor. One of its visible heads, Jo Stevens, has stated this: “Again, the integrity of Boris Johnson is in question. The people have the right to know what was promised to Manchester United by those responsible and by the prime minister. If Johnson supported the Super League and then turned his back on the plan, then the British people deserve a full, clear and immediate explanation. And an apology. “
It will be scrutinized to clarify what they talked about, why he met with the United manager, who else shared that appointment with them and if Johnson or any of his colleagues in the Executive have seen any of the questioned teams. Downing Street has limited itself to communicating that they are in no way known that the leader had scheduled a meeting with Woodward. Rather, they add, they passed each other in a corridor casually.
At halftime, the flow of reactions to the eclipse of the Super League does not slow down. The newspaper ‘Daily Mail’ has uncovered that the English clubs offered the leaders of the disputed continental tournament some conditions to continue in the project. Measures such as expand the number of invitations from five to nine, in order to provide a patina of meritocracy to the competition. Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Atlético, Milan and Inter refused. And, it has also been published that the WhatsApp group between the teams and the company that manages the communication of the Super League (iNHouse) has been frozen. Not a word has been said since City and Chelsea made their escape from the ship official.
On the other hand, the open wound within the football has crystallized: the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has approved a forceful regulation against the groups that participate in the newly created event. “Those who follow (in the Super League) will be punished (…) In order to register for the league, the club agrees not to participate in competitions organized by private associations and not recognized by FIFA, UEFA and FIGC. That participation would lead to decline of the affiliation “, it is affirmed. Its Federal Council gave the go-ahead and Juve and the Milan giants already know that if they continue in the group of the 12 founding clubs They will not be able to compete in Serie A or in the Coppa.
“Those who are still there will be punished, also with the exclusion of international competitions. With Ceferin we agreed from the beginning and I was impacted by his way of involving the political forces “, has been sentenced from the federation, while it has been known that Aleksandr Ceferin – UEFA president – has eaten with Joan Laporta Y Gerard Piqué. The racial station ‘RAC-1′ has specified that the reason for the meeting revolved around the distribution of television rights.
It should be remembered that Ceferin has said of the group of rebel entities -among which is Barça- that they are ruled by presidents that “they think the Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists“And that is not for jokes. After repeatedly sliding the veracity of the possibility of expelling from the Champions League those who have challenged UEFA, the Slovenian lawyer has addressed the players in this way:” Always there may be fewer games, but also the salaries of the coaches and players have to adapt. You cannot generate less and earn more all the time. “This is how he has responded to the complaints about the overcrowding of games that will worsen if the new Champions League is implemented – which will increase the number of games, since it will go from 32 to 36 participating teams-.