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David Beckham speaks out against plans for ‘greedy’ European Super League

‘We need football to be for everyone’: David Beckham speaks out against plans for ‘greedy’ European Super League as he shares photo of himself with loyal Inter Miami fans

  • Six of the English Premier League’s biggest clubs have sparked outrage after announcing plans to launch the breakaway European Super League
  • The move will see them compete alongside top European sides in an exclusive money-spinning league, without fear of relegation and automatic qualification
  • Beckham insisted the decision to launch a league that rewards Europe’s biggest clubs without merit undermines the fans who pay to watch them play
  • The former footballer’s friend James Corden also voiced his displeasure at the ‘greedy’ move while hosting the latest edition of The Late Late Show

David Beckham has added his voice to the growing number currently rallying against plans for a controversial new football league, exclusive to the biggest clubs in Europe. 

Six of the English Premier League‘s biggest clubs have sparked outrage after announcing plans to launch the breakaway European Super League in direct competition to Europe’s elite Champion’s League.   

The move will see Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal compete alongside top European sides in an exclusive money-spinning league, without fear of relegation and automatic qualification regardless of their domestic league standing.

Speaking out: David Beckham has added his voice to the growing number currently rallying against plans for a controversial new football league, exclusive to the biggest clubs in Europe

Offering his thoughts on the controversial plans, Beckham – now heavily involved with MLS football after co-founding new soccer franchise Inter Miami – insisted the decision to launch a league that rewards Europe’s biggest clubs without merit undermines the fans who pay to watch them play. 

Sharing a picture of himself surrounded by devoted Inter Miami fans, the 46-year old wrote: ‘I’m someone who loves football. It has been my life for as long as I can remember. I loved it from when I was a young child as a fan, and I’m still a fan now. 

‘As a player and now as an owner I know that our sport is nothing without the fans. We need football to be for everyone. 

Not happy: Offering his thoughts on the controversial plans, Beckham insisted the decision to launch a league that rewards Europe's biggest clubs without merit undermines the fans

Not happy: Offering his thoughts on the controversial plans, Beckham insisted the decision to launch a league that rewards Europe’s biggest clubs without merit undermines the fans

‘We need football to be fair and we need competitions based on merit. Unless we protect these values the game we love is in danger…’ 

The proposed midweek tournament, which also includes Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, will see 12 clubs play each other as a replacement for the existing Champions League.

But unlike UEFA’s premier competition their participation will be guaranteed regardless of where they finish in their respective domestic leagues at the end the season. 

Speaking out: James Corden, a passionate West Ham United fan, also voiced his displeasure at the 'greedy' move while hosting the latest edition of The Late Late Show

Speaking out: James Corden, a passionate West Ham United fan, also voiced his displeasure at the ‘greedy’ move while hosting the latest edition of The Late Late Show

James Corden, a passionate West Ham United fan, also voiced his displeasure at the ‘greedy’ move while hosting the latest edition of The Late Late Show. 

He said: ‘I’m heartbroken by it, genuinely heartbroken by it. I’m heartbroken because the owners of these teams have displayed the worst kind of greed I’ve ever seen in sport.

‘It’s hard to express how much these communities rely on football, not just financially, which is considerable, but football is like a focal point of a town’s hopes and dreams, that’s what it is, you know? 

‘And these dreams, they’ve just been shattered not just in Britain, all across Europe. And the reason these dreams have been shattered and discarded is so that a group of billionaires can buy themselves a bigger boat, or a second boat.’ 

He added: ‘Football is a working class game where anyone can beat anyone on their day, and it’s that that makes it incredible, it’s that that’s made it the global force it is today.’ 

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