David Beckham has taken to Instagram to spell out exactly why he is against the new European Super League.
The Inter Miami owner pointed to “football being for all” and questioned the integrity of the idea which was made public on Sunday. Twelve clubs, including three clubs Beckham used to play for Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan made the bombshell announcement that they intend to break away and form their own competition.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have also signed up. Indeed, the big three in Spain and Italy make up the 12 “founding” members.
The proposals have been attacked from every angle with Gary Neville leading the protest on Sky Sports.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take a hard line on what he called a “nuclear war” and now Beckham has voiced his concerns to his 65 million followers.
“I’m someone who loves football. It has been my life for as long as I can remember,” Beckham said. “I loved it from when I was a young child as a fan, and I’m still a fan now.
“As a player and now as an owner I know that our sport is nothing without the fans. We need football to be for everyone.
“We need football to be fair and we need competitions based on merit. Unless we protect these values the game we love is in danger…”
Leeds United players wore shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Earn it’ and ‘Football is for the fans’ ahead of their clash with Liverpool at Elland Road.
Milner against ESL
Liverpool midfielder James Milner was unequivocal when asked for his views on the Reds playing in a Super League.