Current and former footballers are coming out to oppose the prospect of a European Super League after 12 clubs launched one on Sunday.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter, AC Milan, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have formed a breakaway competition from the Champions League and Europa League.
The idea, vastly condemned by the footballing world, has received backlash from professionals past and present
"This so called 'Superleague' is anything but 'Super'" Figo tweeted. "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."
"The reaction to it is that it's been damned, and rightly so," Neville said on Sky Sports. "I'm a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life, but I'm disgusted. I'm disgusted by Manchester United and Liverpool most. Liverpool, they pretend that you'll never walk alone, they're the peoples club, the fans club. Manchester United, 100 years born out of workers here and they're breaking away to a league without competition that they can't be relegated from.
"It's an absolute disgrace. 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. I've been calling for 12 months as part of an independent regulator to bring checks and balances in place to stop this from happening. It's been pure greed. They're imposters."
"What an embarrassment we've become, Liverpool, think of all the people who have come before us at this club who would be equally embarrassed as well," Carragher tweeted.
"I fell in love with popular football, with the football of the fans, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart [Real Zaragoza] compete against the greatest," Herrera wrote on social media. "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 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."
"Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League - not any Super League," Ozil tweeted. "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."
Football is nothing without its fans," Lineker tweeted. "We've seen that clearly over the last 12 months. If fans stand as one against this anti-football pyramid scheme, it can be stopped in its tracks."
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