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Countdown’s Susie Dent appears to reference European Super League with new ‘word of the day’

<p>Susie Dent word of the day was ‘ingordigiousness’</p>

Susie Dent word of the day was ‘ingordigiousness’

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19 April 2021
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ountdown's Susie Dent appears to have made reference to football's prospective new Super League in her word of the day choice.

It comes as 12 of Europe's top clubs announced they were launching a breakaway European Super League.

Six English Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid in setting up a league in direct competition to the UEFA Champions League.

European football's governing body UEFA have expressed their disapproval, claiming players participating in the Super League could be "banned from all UEFA and FIFA competitions, European or International level."

Ms Dent said her word of the day was "ingordigiousness", meaning "extreme greed".

She wrote: ‘Word of the day is “ingordigiousness”: extreme greed; an insatiable desire for wealth at any cost.’

The tweet has been shared more than 23,000 times, with many users drawing a connection between Dent’s word choice and the outcry over the Super League plans.

Comedian Jason Manford wrote: "Wow! Didn’t know @susie_dent followed football!", he said.

Another Twitter user said: “And Susie Dent nails it yet again, without comment.”

Meanwhile, the European Super League has already taken steps to protect itself from any attempts from UEFA and FIFA to punish its member clubs and players.

In a letter to UEFA and FIFA, the Super League wrote: “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions.

“We hope that is not your response to this letter and that, like us, your organisations will recognise the immediate benefits of the competition established by SLCo.

“We also seek your co-operation and support on how the competition can be brought within the football ecosystem and work with us to achieve that objective.

“Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction, which would not only jeopardise the funding commitment under the grant but, significantly, would be unlawful.

“For this reason, SLCo has filed a motion before the relevant courts in order to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the competition in accordance with applicable laws.”

The decision to go public on the Super League follows a disagreement among some clubs over the level of commercial control they would have over the new-look Champions League.

Plans for a revamped competition are set for approval by UEFA’s executive committee on Monday, after which its president Aleksander Ceferin is set to face the media for the first time since the Super League proposals were announced.

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