James Corden has been widely praised for his attack on European Super League plans as he explained to American viewers just how important football is to UK communities.
The actor and comedian turned television host has fronted The Late Late Show since 2015, having gained fame in the UK for co-writing and starring in the critically-acclaimed Gavin & Stacey.
On Monday evening, Corden turned his attention to European Super League plans in a lengthy rant condemning the idea of a ‘closed shop’ while backing local communities that live and breathe football.
Six Premier League sides are among 12 in Europe to have signed up to be founding members, with Corden joining the likes of Boris Johnson and Prince William in expressing concern.
He said: "It's hard to express how much communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is a focal point of a towns hopes and dreams.
"These dreams, they've just been shattered not just in Britain, across Europe. And the reason the dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat or a second boat.
"Football is a working-class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day and it's that that makes it incredible, it's that that's made it a global force."
Then adding: "And if this happens, and unfortunately I really do think it will, I don't want to be overdramatic, but I do think it's the end of the sport that we love."
Fans back across the pond were full of praise for the A League of Their Own star, with many sharing their own discontent for European Super League plans.
One said: “Whether you like him or not, James Corden’s views here are well worth listening to. The Leicester City point in particular is absolutely spot on.”
A second added: “Say what you will about James Corden but he's absolutely spot on, good for him using his platform to bring more attention to it.”
A third continued: “I did not have me being on the same side of an argument as Boris Johnson, James Corden, Gary Neville and The Anfield Wrap on my 2021 bingo card but here we are.”
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Inter Miami owner and England hero David Beckham had expressed a similar view using Instagram.
He wrote: ”I know that sport is nothing without the fans. We need football to be for everyone. We need football to be fair and we need competitions based on merit.
"Unless we protect these values the game we love is in danger."
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