Southampton have claimed the 2014/15 Premier League title whilst aiming a dig at European Super League plans.
With the “big-six” English clubs confirming their involvement in the breakaway competition, Saints and other clubs have been enjoying themselves on social media.
Leeds referred to their draw with “Merseyside Reds” last night, and Wolves have changed their Twitter bio to “2018/19 Premier League Champions” after finishing seventh.
Via the tweet below, Saints have now replied to Wolves with a congratulatory message and claimed the 2014/15 title for themselves after also finishing seventh.
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Supporters and clubs not involved in the European Super League have been having fun online and adding a lighter side to a situation that is otherwise quite serious.
Earlier today, a Saints representative – likely to be CEO Martin Semmens – would have been included in the Premier League’s meeting that saw the 14 non-rebel clubs talking over their own plans on how to deal with the situation they now find themselves in.
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A statement from the Premier League then confirmed that clubs had “unanimously and vigorously” rejected proposals agreed to by Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden also met with representatives from the FA, Premier League and fans groups to discuss actions.
It is certainly encouraging to see that the opinion of fans is being acted upon and something that matters to them so much to so many is being valued. Pundits have been speaking passionately and some players have now also started to voice their personal views.
Whether the Super League does come into existence or not, this time has to mark a change in football and not allow owners of clubs to do this again.
What these circumstances do is let fans think back to when clubs like Saints challenged the top clubs with their own way of doing things, like when they had four top eight finishes in a row between 2013 and 2017.