Wanyama Speaks on Controversial European Super League Plans
- European Super League breakaway plans were initiated by elite clubs including Man United and Real Madrid
- England had six representatives in the arrangement, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs all signing up
- The announcement of the new tournament was met with outrage from millions of fans who condemned the move
- The plan has since suffered a huge blow after founding member clubs withdrew following backlash from fans
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Victor Wanyama has voiced his opinion on the controversial European Super League plans initiated by elite clubs.
Up to 12 clubs drawn from Europe had signed up to form a splinter tournament which experts warned would have a serious implication on the Champions League, Europa League and even domestic leagues.
England had six clubs who had expressed interest in participating in the competition, including Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur had also shown interest, joining forces with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
The plans came to the fore on the night of Sunday, April 18, in an announcement that sparked anger and outrage from millions of fans, footballers and pundits.
Football governing bodies FIFA, UEFA and the FA also condemned the plans, threatening of action on those involved.
Wanyama has now joined those opposed to the formation of the tournament, with the Kenyan international suggesting the move was driven by greed.
Wanyama warned the arrangement could have ruined the "beautiful game" adding football should always be about the fans.
“It’s a big shock to see this. A lot of things happen like this and that’s not football,” Wanyama said in a video interview cited by Goal.
“Football is not about greed, football is about the fans, and not only about individuals. If we end up doing these things, it’s not good for football. Hopefully, they can get their house in order.
“We shouldn’t put our interests and spoil the game. Football is a beautiful game, we have to respect that and let everything run normally," he added.
Fortunately for Wanyama and millions of others who castigated the move, it is unlikely the plan will go on as earlier projected after several clubs pulling out following the backlash.
Chelsea and Man City were the first to announce their withdrawal before the other four from the Premier League followed suit.
From Spain, Atletico Madrid led the way out as Inter and Milan joining the fray.
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Source: Sports Brief News