Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera said the European Super League roster would be “the rich taking the sport from the people”.
Controversial plans were unveiled last night by 12 clubs to form a new separatist league, with six Premier League clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, signed up to the proposals.
Herrera – whose club PSG have not been named in league plans so far – made a passionate plea in a Twitter post in which he said that if plans to move forward with the league were successful, that would put an end to the dreams of the league. fans of all other clubs that are not included.
The former Manchester United midfielder wrote: “I fell in love with popular football, fan football, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart compete with the greats.
“If this European super league advances, those dreams are over, the illusions of supporters of non-giant teams that they can win on the pitch playing in the best competitions will come to an end.
“I love football and I can’t stay silent about it. I believe in an improved Champions League, but not in the rich who steal what people have created, which is nothing but the most beautiful sport of the planet. “
Former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil added his voice to those critical of the plans, with a social media post in a similar tone.
Children grow up dreaming of winning the World Cup and the Champions League – not just any Super League. The fun of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard for all football fans out there to understand … ⚽💔
– Mesut Özil (@ MesutOzil1088) April 19, 2021
Ozil, who now plays for Turkish club Fenerbahce, said: “Children grow up dreaming of winning the World Cup and the Champions League – not a Super League.
“The fun of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard for all football fans to understand.”
Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie, who is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, did not hold back in his assessment of the plans, writing on Twitter: “A few real mercenaries … all values and history thrown out the window.
“I was a fan before playing football, I’m a fan now and I will be after I finish playing … It’s not about me or anyone else, but millions of fans who follow their teams week after week, no matter how successful. / riches … It’s funny how it starts to get more level and the man jumps. “
Football will be on the verge of complete collapse in the near future. No one thinks about the big picture, only the financial side.
I still believe that we can resolve this unpleasant situation.
– Dejan Lovren (@ Dejan06Lovren) April 19, 2021
Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes that forming a European Super League would cast doubt on the very existence of football and wrote on Twitter: “Football will be on the verge of complete collapse in the near future.
“Nobody thinks about the big picture, only the financial side. I still believe that we can resolve this unpleasant situation.”
Today I wake up to some crazy news! 😡 An insult to my conviction: football is happiness, freedom, passion, fans and is for everyone. This project is disgusting, not fair and I am disappointed to see the clubs I have represented involved. Fight against this! 💪🏻❤️⚽️ #StopTheSuperLeague
– Lukas-Podolski.com (@ Podolski10) April 19, 2021
Another former Arsenal player, Lukas Podolski, called the project “ disgusting ” and urged fans to fight it.
Podolski wrote on Twitter: “Today I wake up to some crazy news! An insult to my belief: Football is happiness, freedom, passion, the fans and it’s for everyone. This project is disgusting, not fair and I’m disappointed to see clubs I represented involved.