LEGENDARY EPL and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger as well as his top flight rival who belonged to Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson have kicked against the European Super League.
Wenger labels European Super League ‘a bad idea’ and urges football fans to stay united after breakaway bombshell he also predicted that the plans ‘will not go far’ amid threats from UEFA and the Premier League
Six Premier League clubs have signed up to the controversial new Super League and unfortunately Arsenal are one of them.
In 2009 Arsene Wenger predicted something similar to this after saying that plans are underway to ridicule the premier league. In 2009 he said “maybe 10 years from now you will have a European league as the money from UEFA will not be enough from some clubs”
The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, along with the largest clubs in Italy and Spain, announced their intention to take part in the new competition in a bombshell move which had triggered a wave of condemnation and dismay.
A number of high-profile figures working within the sport, ranging from former managers to current players, have since voiced their disgust. Now Wenger, the former Arsenal manager and now FIFA’s chief of global football development, has shared his own similarly withering opinion.
In a talk show Wenger said, ‘I would say that’s a bad idea,’ Wenger said. ‘Football has to stay United; it’s the most important thing.
‘It’s based on sporting merit and overall to respect the history that has been built from European football” He added: ‘I don’t know what exactly is behind (it). There is a more dangerous idea behind it and it’s a big threat for the Premier League.
‘When I was still in charge it was a lot going on from other countries to diminish the dominance of the Premier League and a project like that would certainly accelerate that.’
Legendary coach Wenger, 71, was memorably in charge of Arsenal, who are one of the first 12 clubs to join the Super League, between 1996 and 2018.
His old rival Sir Alex Ferguson has also waded into the fierce debate to savage the competition. He said
“Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football,’ the former Manchester United boss told Reuters.
‘Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.
‘Everton are spending £500million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League.
‘Fans all over love the competition as it is. In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.’
The Super League has been tabled as a midweek competition, with the expectation that participating clubs would still be in action in their respective domestic leagues. The Premier League indicated in a letter sent out to top-flight clubs over the weekend that it would not sanction the proposed new tournament. UEFA, meanwhile, have also vehemently condemned the Super League and warned the member clubs that severe action may be taken against them.
This could see them barred from all domestic and European competitions, and players may also be prevented from representing their countries.
Fans of the clubs have all stood in solidarity against the league, protests have been witnessed in Old Trafford, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and some have taken to social media. In fact in yesterdays match which involves Liverpool and Leeds, Leeds players wore t-shirts that disapproves of the European super league. In the match yesterday in Ellan stadium the home ground for Leeds, angry fans flew ‘Say No To Super League’ banner over Leeds. Several chants in protest at the ESL were heard before some even attempted to obstruct the Liverpool team bus as it arrived at the ground.
A number of banners were also on display at Anfield before the game, which finished 1-1.
Leeds players wore donned ‘Earn It’ shirts referring to the Champions League while warming up before the flyover during the match.
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