Roy Keane delivers blunt take on European Super League involving Liverpool


AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.

"By bringing together the world's greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid".

"For new competitions to be formed involving clubs from different associations, approval would be required from the relevant national associations, confederation and/or FIFA. In the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis, football clubs at National League level going bust, furloughing players, clubs on the edge in League One and Two, and this lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and creating more greed". The top eight teams would qualify automatically for the knockout stages, with those ranked ninth to 24th playing off for the final eight spots.

Gary Neville launched into a furious tirade on Sky Sports amid news Manchester United could breakaway and form a European Super League.

The meeting, called by league president Paolo Dal Pino, comes ahead of Monday's UEFA executive committee at which plans to expand and reform the Champions League, changing the format from 2024, are expected to be agreed.

"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening".

In January, FIFA and UEFA threatened to ban any "super league" players from worldwide tournaments, including the World Cup, a position which the European Union supported and was echoed in Sunday's UEFA statement.

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He added he would be "bitterly disappointed" if the move overturned the current "pyramid" model in which funds from the Premier League flow down the leagues and into local communities.

"It is an absolute disgrace and honestly we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league and that includes my club", he added.

"A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs". "To sign up to the Super League during a season is a joke, they should deduct points off all six of them". "Deduct points from them all".

"I'm a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life, but I am disgusted, absolutely disgusted". I think it comes down to money, greed, obviously, we have heard nothing from Federation Internationale de Football Association yet. Let's hope this is stopped in its tracks because I think it's pure greed.

The other major European leagues also condemning the proposals, as well as UEFA.

Sunday has seen this ugly idea raise its head yet again, with the various European leagues and other authorities quick to condemn the idea / moves AND issue threats, warning the want to break away clubs what would happen.

Liverpool, Manchester United, Barça and Real Madrid are among the teams who have agreed to join a super league in 2022 that would rival the UEFA Champions League.