Marcelo Bielsa has delivered a withering put-down of the plans to form a European Super League.
“Football belongs to everybody even if there are owners,” said the Leeds United manager.
“The real owners of football are the ones who love the badge. Without them, football would disappear.
“Any decision that attacks all the people, all the fans of football, and that privileges only on sector, is staking the future.”
In a typically considered analysis of the bombshell developments, Bielsa said he was not at all shocked by the breakaway plans, explaining: “This shouldn’t surprise any of us. The stronger teams think they have the most influence over generation revenue in football.
“If you take into account this logic, when the rest of the teams are no longer necessary for them, they take privilege in their own interest and forget about the rest.
“Of course it causes harm to football. Because football has always a view that is more commercial now, it is natural that in the world of businesses and looking only at the economic aspect, the ones that produce the most demand the majority of it.
“That is common in the world of business but football is not only a business.
“Of course there are different teams that are more important than others but they should be conscious that we need each other.”
Bielsa’s players wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogans ‘Earn It’ and ‘Football Is For the Fans’ ahead of their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Monday night.
And Patrick Bamford backed his manager’s views on the matter, saying: “From that I have seen, not one fan is happy and without fans, football is nothing.
“It’s so important to stand our ground and keep it this way.”