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Wenger: The Super League was born dead

Sat 24 April 2021 | 12:57

The former Gunners boss is shocked by the English clubs’ involvement in the breakaway project.

A host of Europe’s elite clubs announced the creation of the European Super League last weekend. However, the project was suspended amid huge backlash from football fans and officials.

Arsene Wenger,

who is FIFA's head of global development, says he is surprised that these top clubs have easily damaged their reputation among football fans.

Wenger told

The Telegraph

:

"It was born dead. From the start, I couldn't believe it would work.

"The most surprising in all that was the English behaviour. Everybody dreams of destroying the Premier League in Europe. In England we do it ourselves.”

Six Premier League clubs were involved in the competition. However, they were the first clubs to announce their departure from the breakaway league as they faced vociferous backlash from inside and outside the game.

"I can't understand the rationality behind that because England voted for Brexit and now they want to bring a Super League. England has the strongest league. The Super League would destroy, 100 per cent, the Premier League.

"The basis of our sporting culture in Europe is to have access through your performances to top-level competition.

"I don't understand how anybody could believe that capping the link between the domestic league and access to the top league would pass and would be accepted by the fans.

"The rest is how amateurish all that looked in the presentation, in the preparation. You worry quite a lot how our top clubs are managed. It looked to be a quick fix for the financial problems that these clubs have."

Asked about the players’ reaction to the breakaway plans, Wenger responded:

"I am very proud of the responsibilities the players have taken in this case.

"It shows there is a huge evolution - we have seen since the start of the season in England that the players now are part of the political impact in society and rightly so. I am very proud of that evolution."


source: SportMob

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