May 13, 2021

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Eric Cantona slams European Super League and calls on breakaway clubs to ‘respect’ the fans

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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona believes the supporter’s point of view should have been taken into consideration before the European Super League was proposed.  

United were one of six Premier League clubs to become a founding member of the European Super League – which also includes giants such as Real MadridBarcelona and Juventus.

Such as move has drawn worldwide condemnation and Cantona believes the decision will not only disrespect the fans but make the game ‘boring’. 

Former Manchester United captain Eric Cantona has slammed the European Super League

Former Manchester United captain Eric Cantona has slammed the European Super League

The Frenchman took to Instagram to say: ‘I would like to say something about the European Super League.

‘Since one year we have seen games on TV with the best clubs in the world and the best players in the world, and it was so boring, and it’s still so boring, because the fans are not there – the fans singing, jumping, supporting their teams.

‘The fans are the most important thing in football. They have to be respected.

‘Did these big clubs ask the fans what they thought about this idea? No, unfortunately, and that’s a shame.’

The new European Super League president, Florentino Perez, insists the controversial breakaway league is necessary to save clubs in financial terms and is determined it will go ahead.

However, fans have made the stance clear with The Manchester United Supporters Trust releasing a statement that read: ‘These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.

Joel Glazer (left) and Avram Glazer (right) with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager, back in 2019

 Cantona says the fans opinions should have been taken into consideration before its creation

Fans have made their stance on the new league clear by protesting outside Old Trafford

Fans have made their stance on the new league clear by protesting outside Old Trafford

‘A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

‘When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed.

‘To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for. We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.’

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