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Countdown’s Susie Dent shades European Super League with ‘Word of the Day’

Countdown star Susie Dent appears to have weighed in on the news about a newly formed football Super League (Picture: Channel 4)

Countdown star Susie Dent has provided her own cutting commentary about the newly announced plans for a European Super League.

The creation of the breakaway league was confirmed on Monday with 12 of football’s biggest clubs confirming they would be taking part in ‘a new mid-week competition’.

The news has proved controversial with everyone from football fans to presenter Gary Lineker and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called the move ‘damaging’.

Criticism has come from those who feel the move will damage domestic football and was motivated by money.

Even Dictionary Corner weighed in, as lexicographer Susie shared a new Word of the Day on Twitter amid the uproar.

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

The TV star did not mention what her tweet was in relation to, but the timing led her followers to believe she was shading the new league by giving her take indirectly – a-la Nigella Lawson’s bitter orange tart dig at former President Donald Trump.

‘Don’t mess with Susie Dent #europeansuperleague’ read one Twitter reaction to her post.

‘Thanks @susie_dent – the perfect word for those #football clubs agreeing to join the mooted new ‘European Super League,’ another said.

Another wrote: ‘The new super league summed up in one word. Well played @susie_dent 👏👏’ and a further comment said: ‘@susie_dent with her finger on the pulse again. Spot on. #thesuperleague.’

Said one football fan: ‘Probably the right word @susie_dent considering the announcement of the #SuperLeague . My club @LFC died yesterday.’

Comedian Jason Manford joked: ‘Wow! Didn’t know @susie_dent followed football!’

‘That just about sums up the #europeansuperleague quite nicely, don’t you think?’ came another reply, as one person referred to Susie’s day job and tweeted: ‘Even the dictionary knows.’

A statement from the 12 clubs involved confirmed that they would be going ahead with plans for a new European Super League, adding: ‘AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.

‘Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with Uefa and Fifa to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.’

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