Rio Ferdinand has launched an attack against former club Manchester United claiming he is “embarrassed” about proposed European Super League plans.
The Red Devils are one of six Premier League clubs to sign up to the breakaway competition.
Three clubs from Italy and three from Spain have also joined the elitist movement which has been widely condemned.
United’s owner, Joel Glazers, is set to be part of the competition’s hierarchy which is led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
But Ferdinand, who spent over a decade at Old Trafford, has hit out at his former club.
He said on BT Sport : “I’m embarrassed. There’s been so many things thrown at the owners in the past, but this situation now.
“To be part of that group, who are going to be a breakaway group and leave everybody for dead – that’s an embarrassment.
“I can’t believe it. I’m a Man Utd fan, I love the club, but I can’t stand by and support something like that at all.”
The pundit went on to say that the move is solely motivated by money and goes against everything the game stands for.
“This breakaway group of teams, this is, for me, a war on football,” he continued.
“It’s a disgrace. It’s embarrassing. It goes against everything that football is about. It’s a closed shop for these bigwigs and its completely and utterly only about one thing and that’s money.
“The rich getting richer and the others not even being considered. There’s no considering for the history, for different parts of the pyramid below the top, top teams.
“It is a disgrace and how they’ve got the audacity to do it in the climate that we are in. The pandemic around the world, people struggling all over the world.
“The element of being anti-competitive – it goes against everything that football is about. Relegation, promotion. Being rewarded for winning, being punished for not winning. These are things that add to the value of our game.
“It shows me that these people have no idea what football is about. Its a business transaction. That’s it.”