Hello, good morning. If you have just awoken to the apocalypse – and not, like me, already spent several hours contemplating this madness from Australia – take a walk down to your local newsagency and peruse the front pages of every newspaper. Easier still, we have rounded them all up for you right here. The headlines are a variation on a theme of “football at war”, embellished with references to the “shameless six”.
This certainly jars, now we know what we do.
And with that, I’m passing the batton on to my colleague Emma Kemp, who will be here for the next hour or so.
Football in turmoil! So reads Monday’s back page of this publication – a sentiment echoed widely elsewhere – after 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs confirmed late on Sunday they are to establish a breakaway continental super league, the existence of which would threaten the future of the Champions League and could have wide-reaching impacts on the entire structure of the club game.
You could say the news has caused something of a stir in the football world.
Stay with us as Europe and the UK wake up and bleary-eyed fans ask themselves if the news was just part of a feverish Stilton dream or if, indeed, European football could really be about to undergo the biggest transformation seen in a generation.
at 12.44am EDT