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James Corden mentioned Leicester City during an impassioned speech against the new European Super League on his “Late Late Show with James Corden” on American TV.
It was announced late on Sunday night that six Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Man United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – have all agreed to join the breakaway league.
They have been joined by Spanish and Italian counterparts Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
And the England comedian says he is “heartbroken” by the controversial development and questioned why the likes of Leicester – who won the Premier League title in 2016 and are currently third in the table this season – have been left behind.
“A few years ago, Leicester City – many of you would never have heard of Leicester City – a few years ago, Leicester City won the league. They won the Premier League!” said Corden.
“It was the most incredible thing, to witness! It gave every fan hope, everyone.
“They have as many Premier League titles as Liverpool, they have one more than Tottenham and they are not invited into this rich boy’s clique, because the wealthy teams, they got together to try to stop that achievement ever happening again – and that isn’t sport.
“And if this happens – and unfortunately I really do think it will – I don’t want to be over-dramatic but I do think it’s the end of the sport that 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 and I hope as fans that we will remember the names of these owners – the owners of these teams that made this decision, 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, not a single manager, they certainly didn’t consult the fans of their teams.
“They have 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 of the damage that is being done.
“Don’t forget this – it’s those owners, in a decade’s time, when the Super League is thriving, great goals and all those things, and these owners will think it’s all water under the bridge. Don’t ever forget it was them, those owners, that 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.”
James Corden on the European Super League:
🗣️”It’s the end of the sport we love. It truly is.”
— VBET News (@VBETnews) April 20, 2021