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FFS readers have their say on whether ESL will affect FPL plans this season

A large number of Fantasy Football Scout readers are not planning to make any changes to their Fantasy Premier League (FPL) plans in light of the recent European Super League (ESL) announcement.

On Sunday evening, six Premier League teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur) issued their intention to join a breakaway tournament, a move which has been met with criticism from football’s existing governing bodies.

However, our readers are not looking to amend their own plans for managing their FPL teams between now and Gameweek 38, according to the early results from a recent poll.

83.7% of 1,756 people who had responded by mid-morning on Tuesday endorsed the response that, “I won’t change any of my FPL plans this season because of the ESL”.

That said, such a result correlated largely in line with the reaction to the wider question of whether readers are in favour of the ESL itself, with 83.0% of respondents confirming that they were not.

Readers were offered several options to indicate that the announcement of the proposed ESL might influence their thinking in how they play FPL over the closing weeks of the season, but none of them has received more than 5% approval:

Among the alternatives available the single most popular is a principled stand to avoid players from the six clubs involved, a sentiment backed by around 1 in 20 respondents with a smaller number preferring to withhold the captaincy from those assets as a personal protest.

Just over 100 managers suggest they are more concerned about the motivation of players caught up in the turmoil and will not be captaining, or in many cases even signing and/or owning them. Almost 4.0% of managers said they were most concerned about how the unfolding story might affect the chips they have held back to use as late-season rank boosters.

With regard to the concept of the ESL itself, managers appear already to have formed clear opinions:

Reflecting the strength of views already clearly expressed by many on social media and outside Premier League grounds, opinion is weighted firmly and decisively against the formation of the new league with only 11.94% of respondents wanting to know more before adopting a firm point of view. It should not be ignored however, that just over 1 in 20 taking the survey declared that they are in favour of the breakaway.

From the sparse information given about the ESL so far, we know the clubs involved intend to continue playing in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A as they do now, substituting in their own format for UEFA’s current competitions across approximately 20 midweek fixtures.

However, it is already clear that existing governing bodies intend to obstruct these ambitions as much as their laws, competition rules and contracts allow. The next few days could be very important for understanding what the future holds for football.

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294 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Don't pop the champagne bottles just yet lads.

    Chelsea requesting to withdraw and Chelsea withdrawing are not the same thing.

    By the sounds of it the dirty dozen have already signed the dotted line and have entered a contractual agreement,if this is the case Chelsea could be sued for breach of contract and carried to the cleaners if they jump ship.

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      your opinion fair enough,mine its all over ,was always a non starter,

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      They'll need to be litigating against Man Utd & Man City along with Chelsea while they're at it so

      How much did you put on your bet for Gary Neville to be commentating on the Super League? 😉

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No bookie was stupid enough to give me odds. 😛

        I suspect when the clubs got together and planed this conspiracy they would have formed a shell company that will do all the dirty work for the backers.

        Don't think for a second they did not count on the backlash as they are clever and ruthless dudes.
        You will see lots of cynical gestures to placate the fans but make no mistake about it that they intend to follow through with this project.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Or maybe you weren't stupid enough to back it 😉

    3. KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Roman will not spend on one transfer window and pay that money in fines to ESL instead. Thats called break even in his books.

    4. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      No Mendy? No bother, my understudy plays for a team who haven't kept a clean sheet for 15 gameweeks!

      1. Pulp Minion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Mine is Leno....

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      #mufc players revolted against the European Super League behind-the-scenes. Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire were heavily involved and confronted Ed Woodward #mulive [@LeahSmith_,@StrettyNews]

      This is beautiful 🙂

      1. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Love this

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Love it! That's the MU we know and love, not the one the Glazers stand for..

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Its incredibly positive - whether it changes anything or not

          Bruno & Rashford were also visible in their criticism over the last 24 hours

          Heartening to see that despite that obvious flaws in football at the minute when it comes to an issue like this people still have a conscience and a backbone

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This will be interesting story to follow. I guess the reaction has been tougher than those behind the plan expected.

      4. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Worth the 80M price tag

    6. djman102
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Talksport reporting that the 12 clubs are meeting tonight to discuss disbanding the Super League.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Government has to put in laws to stop this ever happening again.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Good and f them

      3. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Mother of God

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That'd be Mary. Allegedly.

    7. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Man City also to pull out

    8. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Maybe they could try the worldwide dog lovers TV audience and set up a One Man and his Dog superleague.

      Barking 7 Rovers 6

    9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      SANITY PREVAILS

    10. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Could be worse, Meslier 5 pointer since Mendy noplay.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Meslier is a tidy keeper and will be a top keeper in a few years

        1. son of city
            1 month, 26 days ago

            he's the toy which has been placed in a corner while still new

          • Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I see him make mistakes every match. Not a fan. And his head is oddly shaped.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              He's far from the best keeper in the league but just turned 21 behind a questionable defence. I think he has loads of potential. His head is weird alright. Genetics.

      2. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No Mendy or Azpi... brilliant! Fml 🙂

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Tuchel the FPL terrorist. Honestly he is worse than Pep!

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Alonso starts hopefully he also scores!

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Where is my dot?!? 🙁

      3. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Just been playing about with my team and seeing what it would look like without any players from the big 6. Its not a pretty sight!

        1. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          martinez
          lowton
          lingard
          watkins

          just the four here

          1. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Lingz is Manu player

        2. son of city
            1 month, 26 days ago

            lingz moving to Arsenal

        3. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can someone explain to me what everyone's problem is w.r.t. ESL please.

          Haven't been online or checking news for the past few days. Not sure what the fuss is about, not sure I even understand what ESL is...

          Thanks

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Links to articles will b ok too 🙂 thanks

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Emille Smith Rowe

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Ah L, not R!

          3. son of city
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Google

            • djman102
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Here's the livetext from BBC this afternoon, with links to articles: https://www.bbc.com/sport/live/football/56812305

            • seanie3
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Google

          4. Exxtreme
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            There is still hope for football, as Slovenian, I'm proud of Ceferin

            1. DRIZ ✅
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              He is another snake

            2. Goro Majima
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I don't think UEFA can be seen as the good guys - maybe the slightly less terrible guys, but it's all relative.

          5. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Im so happy

            1. son of city
                1 month, 26 days ago

                traitor

            2. balint84
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Phillips or Holding?

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Holding.

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Neither

            3. A Kun & Mateta
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Tiresome non-story, this ESL business. Neville, Carra and their likes will be more insufferable after this.

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Now were sucking diesel

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Better than fat cats ruining football.

              3. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                James Corden too

            4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              We need an emergency MNF with Red Nev

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Poor sky sports, no ESL package

            5. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Mendy 🙁

              • GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                20:15 kick off

              • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Money grabbing scum clubs only pulling out because they won't make the £££ they thought they would, not for any humble reasons. Still need the book thrown at them all.

                1. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  If that’s how you see it but that is not the reason

                2. Goro Majima
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  If they had a shred of humility it would never have happened in the first place. Agree they should still be sanctioned.

                3. DRIZ ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Now were cooking with gas

                4. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  PR damage is done, regardless.

              • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Is mendy out now for the remainder of the season. Do I need to get rid?

                1. Baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  He will play most of the games imo.

              • Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Manchester City have pulled out of ESL. (as per BBC FB page)

                1. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Yes and Chelsea are about to also.. f you Woodward

                2. DRIZ ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Throw the book at them

                  1. seanie3
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    What so they can then all just look to reform again.

              • son of city
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  ESL got Tuchel confused and benched Mendy, LOL

                • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Madrid, Barca and 3 tin-pot Italian clowns

                  sUpEr LeAgUe

                  1. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    European Southern League.

                  2. Goro Majima
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Bit harsh. I still like Serie A.

                • circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Woodward resigns!

                  1. djman102
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Just reported on Talksport!

                  2. DRIZ ✅
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Mother of God

                  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Wow

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Canna getta "OMG Woodward"?

                  4. Goro Majima
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Please please let this be true.

                  5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Lads this is incredible!

                    1. Sack The Glazers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      please please be true

                    2. circusmonkey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      They are now spinning it as 'oh, I was going at the end of the season anyway'.

                    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      He doesn’t deserve one

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Totally fair - and totally correct

                  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    5 more to go

                • A Kun & Mateta
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Well done Slabhead and Shaw, couple of big units put paid to Woodward.

                • nerd_is_the_werd
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Ed Woodward resigns.

                  A sign of decency, or a coward?

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Both.

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      A coward presenting the charade of being a decent bloke.

                • Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Woodward gone! Delighted

                  • Milkman Bruno
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Breaking: Gary Neville hands in CV for Chairman role

                    • balint84
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Recommended 4.5 defender or under?

                    • Bartowski
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Be fascinated to know how much money all the Super League clubs and Spurs must have paid out in consultation fees etc to JP Morgan and the ridiculously expensive lawyers they had set up to take UEFA to Court if they tried to object.

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        To JP Morgan...

                        Was it pro bono for the good of Wall Street / the game?

                      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        And the 7 figure cheques to PR firms they're all furiously scribbling

                        Chelsea & Man City already at it with "we were the first to leave"

                        Which they were in fairness, i can't even be angry at them. Not yet anyways, maybe later