James Corden delivers passionate criticism of Super League

The British TV host opened his popular US late night show with an emotional monologue decrying plans which critics say will cause irrecoverable damage to the sport.

Corden, a West Ham fan, joined the dissenters during the latest episode of The Late Late Show and became emotional while outlining his opposition.

He joked no-one in his American audience cares about the goings on in European football, but said the “monumental” announcement had outraged him.

Corden said: “I’m heartbroken by it, genuinely heartbroken by it. I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I’ve ever seen in sport.”

London-born Corden said British football teams are historic institutions with working class roots and are not the same as franchises in US sport.

He compared the Super League, which would allow its founder members access on an historical basis rather than merit, to an imagined scenario where A-list actresses Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan and Viola Davis carve up Oscar nominations for themselves.

And Corden condemned the owners of the clubs – including Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona – for taking the game away from fans.

He said: “It’s hard to express how much these communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is like a focal point of a town’s hopes and dreams, that’s what it is, you know?

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