Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale has denounced plans for a breakaway European Super League in an impassioned letter to Toffees’ supporters.
Football is still reeling at the news 12 European sides, including six Premier League clubs, have agreed to join a closed shop European Super League.
The move has been widely condemned, including from the supporters of the six clubs, who feel betrayed by their owners.
Everton released their own strongly-worded statement on Wednesday, slamming the “preposterous arrogance” of the breakaway clubs and their greedy owners.
At the same time Barrett-Baxendale sent out an email to all Everton members and season ticket holders promising to do all they can to scupper the plans.
I feel it is only right that, as CEO of your football club, I write to you directly following the plans made public over the weekend for a European Super League.
As a proud custodian of Everton, I, along with my fellow board members, understand the responsibility that has been entrusted upon us to maintain the traditions of your club and of the wider game.
Everton Football Club was a founder member of the Football League and a founder member of the Premier League.
Throughout our history the club has always strived to move both Everton and the game forward. But we have always done so within the parameters of the pyramid structure which maintains the principles of open competition and sporting merit.
Sadly, the plans that have been made public by 12 clubs from across Europe - and six in our own Premier League - do not maintain those principles.
At this time of national crisis - in the face of a global pandemic and in a defining period for football - clubs should be working together collaboratively with the thoughts of our game and its supporters uppermost in our minds.
Disenfranchising supporters across the game and undermining the very structure of the pyramid that underpins the game we love is, quite simply, wrong.
The response from voices across the game and beyond over the last 48 hours is understandable – and those voices should be listened to.
Rest assured, I, along with my fellow board members, will do everything possible to ensure our position on these proposals is made in the strongest possible terms - and the voice of Evertonians is heard, loud and clear.
It remains our hope that by working collaboratively, football will find the right answer for its future.