Mesut Ozil and Ander Herrera lead players in condemning European Super League

Mesut Ozil and Ander Herrera have both spoken out against the European Super League as players continue to oppose the idea.

Six Premier League clubs announced they were among 12 founding members of the breakaway competition on Sunday night.

Three clubs from Spain – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – and three from Italy – Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – are also part of the movement that has been widely condemned.

Football’s authorities have all spoken out against the plans as fans too express their disapproval.

Bayern Munich, the current Champions League holders, did not sign up, nor did Borussia Dortmund, who have released a statement condemning the European Super League.

PSG, last year’s Champions League finalists, have also shunned the proposals and their midfielder Andre Herrera has been among those to speak out as players begin to make their feelings known.

Ander Herrera has spoken out

Ander Herrera

“I fell in love with popular football, with the football of the fans, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart compete against the greatest.

“If this European super league advances, those dreams are over, the illusions of the fans of the teams that are not giants of being able to win on the field competing in the best competitions will end.

“I love football and I cannot remain silent about this, I believe in an improved Champions League but not in the rich stealing what the people created, which is nothing other than the most beautiful sport on the planet.”

Mesut Ozil

“Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League.

“The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there..”

Luis Figo

“This so called « Superleague » is anything but « Super ». This greedy and callous move would spell disaster for our grassroots, for women’s football, and the wider football community only to serve self-interested owners, who stopped caring about their fans long ago, and complete disregard for sporting merit. Tragic.”

Lukas Podolski

“Today I wake up to crazy news! An insult to my belief: football is happiness, freedom, passion, fans and is for everyone. This project is disgusting, not fair and I’m disappointed to see clubs I represented involved. Fight against this! #StopTheSuperLeague

Yannick Bollasie

“Some real mercenaries…all values and history thrown out the window.

“I was a fan before I played football, I’m a fan now and will be after I finish playing…it’s not about me or anyone else it’s about the millions of fans who follow there teams week in week out regardless of success/riches..funny how it starts getting more level & man jump”.

Patrick van Aanholt

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