Shearer’s warning to “embarrassing” Super League clubs despite making U-turn

Alan Shearer, the Premier League's record goal-scorer, has blasted the creators of The Super League.

The Newcastle legend labelled the clubs as 'embarrassing' for their decision to backtrack on the new competition just 48 hours after its announcement.

The twelve breakaway clubs announced their decision to form The Super League on Sunday evening: however, the English sides appeared to get cold feet, with all announcing the decision to withdraw from the competition by Wednesday morning.

Shearer told Coral: “There were 12 clubs leading the charge and they quickly had to have second thoughts. The backtracking after two days was embarrassing. I am pretty certain it won’t be forgotten by the fans.

“We have been told throughout the pandemic about how important the football fans are to these clubs. They had to listen to their fans. I was just amazed it got this far. Football has won, fans have won, and rightfully so.”

The announcement of the Super League sparked outrage up and down the country, with fans gathering outside their respective stadiums holding up banners and cards in protest.

Demonstrations peaked on Tuesday evening, before Chelsea's fixture with Brighton, which saw hundreds of fans gather outside Stamford Bridge to protest the decision.

Shearer, who found the back of the net 260 times in 441 games in the Premier League whilst at Newcastle and Blackburn, is one of the leagues most enduring figures and he warned the owners fans will not forget in a hurry.

He continued to criticise the timing of the announcement for the breakaway league.

He said: “It came out here at 11pm on Sunday and 12am in Europe. It tells you the disregard they have for fans in this country. It was designed for the timings in America.

“The teams which were playing the next day, for the owners to throw the managers and players under the bus and say, go on, there you go, go and get on with it. They didn’t even know about it, but thankfully Jurgen said what he did, James Milner said what he did and Pep Guardiola the following day.

“The managers deserve a lot of credit for coming out and going against what their owners wanted. That stood up in the football world and certainly resonated with all the football fans. That had to happen as it had to stop.”

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