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Super League Championship fight takes offensive

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The fight over whether the proposed Super League Championship should be a 20-team league or 24-team league has moved from backroom meetings and delicate soul-searching to bright colors and big banners, before the fight reaches the courts.

Among the latest developments: the first full letter to Premier League clubs, written by Malcolm Clarke, a former chairman of the Football Association and the proposal’s chief advocate, and Phil Scraton, the one other chief proponent.

“I cannot imagine a time when this league should not have 50 clubs in it and beyond that if any kind of additional teams is to be viable,” Mr. Clarke wrote in the open letter, which was posted on social media by Sky Sports.

“If a league of 40 players has no value to the fans then the league has no value to the clubs that play in it,” Mr. Clarke continued. “There is no way the Premier League and the English Football League should be trying to position themselves as a ‘power behind the throne,’ where their idea of the future is completely superior to yours.”

He promised that the clubs that backed his proposal would not “just sit on their hands.” The clubs that didn’t were castigated for doing so.

Super League is not dead but something better is on the way. — Malcolm Clarke (@MalcolmClarke) April 20, 2018

The most heated arguments have centered on the difference between 24 and 20.

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