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Ipswich Town co-owner Berke Bakay strongly opposes European Super League competition




One of Ipswich Town's co-owning USA-based businessmen, Berke Bakay, has joined the cascade of condemnation for plans to create a European Super League.

Bakay, who is part of the Three Lions investment fund that is part of Gamechanger 20 Ltd's takeover of Town earlier this month, alongside Brett Johnson and Mark Detmer, has taken to Twitter to voice his opposition to the controversial plans.

The new midweek competition would be a direct and unauthorised rival to UEFA's Champions League and has 12 initial clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur from the Premier League, having stated their intention to be founding members.

Ipswich Town co-owner Beke Bakay is yet to be able to visit Portman Road in person due to Covid-19 travel restrictions Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town co-owner Beke Bakay is yet to be able to visit Portman Road in person due to Covid-19 travel restrictions Picture: Barry Goodwin

AC Milan, Atl├ętico de Madrid, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF are the others, who would also set to be immune from relegation. Another three clubs set to join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence from as soon as August.

A qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season as part of two groups of 10 would be put in place, it has been said.

But although clubs would hope to remain within their national leagues, it is seen to threaten the integrity of the football pyramid as Europe's top divisions are currently set up to reward progress in the established European competitions.

And that is certainly a view Bakay, who is also a co-owner in Arisona USL club Phoenix Rising, as well as Ipswich Town, whom he hopes to oversee rise back to the Premier League, holds.

Taking to Twitter in a post under #nosuperleague he wrote: "I am being asked a lot about my thoughts on creation of Super League.

"This is a massive disservice to global fans of football and it is driven by greed.

"If it goes through as planned (which I do not believe it will) it will cause significant damage to the beautiful game.

"I think the founding members are underestimating the power of their own fan base, the global fan base of football and the power of UEFA and FIFA.

"Competition integrity is the cornerstone of football and eliminating consequences of relegation and promotion will be one of the worst outcomes for the fans and for football itself. Plus, who wants to see the same teams playing over and over again? Total nonsense!

"Football clubs belong to the fans and I am hopeful that the global fanbase will hold these clubs accountable!"

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town have said fellow Three Lions co-owner Johnson and chairman Mike O'Leary will introduce themselves to the club's official supporters' club committee over Zoom this evening.

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