Gerard Piqué became the first Barcelona or Real Madrid player to openly criticize attempts to form a European Super League.
Twelve major European clubs gathered on Sunday to confirm the creation of a closed-shop tournament, which was abandoned within 48 hours.
Manchester City became the first club to withdraw on Tuesday, and Chelsea was reported to have begun such a procedure at a similar time, but no official statement is expected until Wednesday.
The remaining four British teams, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, confirmed on Tuesday that club chief Ed Woodward had resigned in a clearly unrelated move, after which they issued a simultaneous statement announcing their separation from the departure. Did.
None of Milan, Inter, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Madrid and Barca have publicly addressed this situation since the British clubs began mass withdrawals.
However, cracks are beginning to emerge, and Barca’s great picket seems to be the first player from a Spanish club to blame the proposal left in tatters.
Soccer belongs to fans. More than ever today.
— Gerard Piqué (@ 3gerardpique) April 20, 2021
Pique tweeted almost as soon as Arsenal, Liverpool, United and Spurs confirmed their exit. “Soccer belongs to fans. Today is more than ever.”
Madrid’s President Florentino Perez was scheduled to appear on Spanish radio on Tuesday, but was unable to do so in the end.
With half of the 12 founding members withdrawing, the next move of the remaining 6 has not yet been revealed.
But Madrid seems to be waiting for a difficult time. Perez publicly admitted on Monday that the club needed funding from the Super League due to financial difficulties.
Pique’s Barca is also having problems, with over € 1 billion in debt confirmed earlier this year.
– Soccer Sports
European Super League: Barcelona’s Pique breaks rank – “Soccer is a fan”
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