A controversial planned Isle of Wight football superleague may be back on the table, after a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice ruling this week.
The superleague would see 10 of the Isle's biggest clubs teams break away from the local league system and form a new global elite competition, with the potential for matches between Shanklin Athletic, Ryde Albion and Cowes United to be streamed and viewed by billions around the globe on a weekly basis.
'We initially planned a superleague five years ago', said excited Ventnor Councillor with responsibility for Leisure and Sporting Activities, Len Wright.
'But we had to shelve it due to fan opposition, as well as insurmountable difficulties in arranging a fixture list which met TV requirements to stream matches to a global audience, but which also respected the fact that Sandown market takes place every Saturday and Thursday morning on one of the key municipal pitches that the football teams would play on'.
'The ECJ ruling is really exciting, and we were able to present details of plans at our monthly 'Newport Natter' forum last night.'
'We have proposed that the winners of our league each year will go on to play in the Club World Cup, although Fifa have yet to get back to us on that', continued Wright.
'Failing that, we've pencilled in our own Global Champions Final between the top two teams to be held in Yarmouth on the second Saturday in April, just after the fossil hunting convention' .
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