49ers chief makes big declaration that will leave Leeds fans buzzing
The European Super League made big headline news towards the end of this season, with US owners part of the charge towards potentially breaking up the domestic game.
The idea was quickly shot down but most people expect the suits to come back for another try at some point.
And that’s led some Leeds fans to worry whether the San Fran 49ers, who have invested in the club, would be part of any future move.
Leeds United’s Vice Chairman and President of 49ers Enterprises Paraag Marathe has just made a declaration that the fans will absolutely love.
Talking on the Phil Hay Show podcast Marathe said, “Anyone who was thinking about the European Super League… I just think they don’t understand what makes English football tick.
“It’s ripping apart the fabric of what makes this so special. People want to celebrate when their club gets promoted and commiserate and push for their club when they get relegated.
“It’s part of what this is all about. if you don’t struggle for something then you don’t appreciate it as much. Even the concept of this Big Six… who appointed them the Big 6? 25 years ago we would have been one of the big six.
“To get something based on your status today guaranteed for the rest of your lives… I felt like some of the US counterparts who have invested across Europe, they viewed it in an emotionally detached way, like buying an apartment building and not caring about the tenants. That’s not what sports is about.”
Marathe talks a very good game and this should give the Leeds fans confidence that the 49ers and Andrea Radrizzani are on the same page.
Marathe has been with the 49ers for over 20 years and in that time the club has been transformed.
A new world-class stadium has been built and the 49ers are now one of the power teams again.
Leeds United fans will be hoping that the 49ers can do the same at Leeds, with an increased capacity of over 50,000 planned for Elland Road.
Preserving the good bits of the stadium and the history with more room for fans is a delicate balance to get right but we’re convinced that it can be done.
We can’t wait for fans to be back in Elland Road on Sunday but we’re already getting goosebumps about the thought of 50,000 Leeds fans in Elland Road in the future.
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