To think the Super League fiasco happened this year is strange considering what has happened in time since then. Arsenal’s commitment as one of the founding clubs hit the fan base hard and the protests that followed showed the clear rejection of the idea.
However, the threat of Premier League games being played overseas has once again raised its ugly head as the latest reports suggest that it could become a reality in just a few years.
The Athletic claimed that during a meeting of EPL shareholders last week, one of the strategies discussed for building the Premier League’s global brand was to play competitive matches overseas.
Preseason tournaments were the short-term part of the plan, but longer-term options could include competitive games outside of home stadiums, even overseas.
This is already a concept that Spanish football has used with the expansion of the Spanish Supercup and its staging in Saudi Arabia.
Instead of the Copa del Rey and La Liga winners clash in a Spanish stadium, 4 teams will contest a semi-final and a final in the Middle East.
The Spanish Football Association signed a € 120 million contract to compete outside Spanish soil until 2029.
The aftermath for Arsenal and the Super League situation led to a fan forum in April, attended by the son of owner Stan Kroenke, Josh, together with CEO Vinai Venkatesham.
During the meeting, Josh was asked by a supporter why his father Stan would never speak to supporters and if he could guarantee that home games would not be played outside of Islington.
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Josh replied, “I would say if you hear from me, you hear from my father. I’ve been saying that for years. When I speak or he speaks, you usually hear from both of us. I may not be my father, but that’s why I’m here today.
“As for the tone of my voice, I do my best to convey the feelings that are in my heart. Out of confidence, I do not ask you to trust me. All of our trust has been shredded this week, I fully understand that. So I try to build some kind of relationship with the supporters, starting with yourselves. “
Not answering the direct question about home stadiums, Josh was once again urged on the matter by the supporter and asked if he could guarantee that Arsenal would never play home games outside of London while KSE is owned by Arsenal.
Josh replied, “I can guarantee that.”
The promise only applies to “home games”. It does not rule out the possibility that the Arsenal football club may agree to a “39.
It would also not include a change to cup competitions where the idea of a “home game” would be removed. Similar to the semi-finals and the final of the FA Cup, the final of the League Cup and the final of the Community Shield will also be held at the neutral location of Wembley.
However, the FA is against the idea of foreign competitive games and therefore it is unlikely that any of their competitions will be relocated abroad. However, the motives of the English Football League are not easy to predict.
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