‘A war for the control of football’ – Ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery gives verdict on European Super League plans

Emery feels the proposed competition is 'very risky' for football
Emery feels the proposed competition is ‘very risky’ for football (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery says the proposed European Super League is a ‘war for the control of football’ and ‘very risky’ for the sport as a whole.

12 European clubs, including the Premier League ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have announced their intentions to join the breakaway league, which aims to rival the UEFA Champions League.

The 15 founding members which so far also include Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid from Spain, as well as Italian clubs Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan, would be immune from relegation, which is one of the elements of the proposed competition which has been widely condemned.

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Supporters, pundits, politicians and footballing bodies have voiced their disapproval at the proposal.

And Emery, who is set to be reunited with Arsenal when his Villarreal side take on the Gunners in the Europa League next week is also strongly against it.

‘This is a war for the control of football,’ Emery said.

‘The clubs have rebelled against control of UEFA.

‘My position, in principle, is that I’m against it. It’s very risky for football and its essence.’

Ian Wright has criticised Arsenal for their involvement in the plans, especially when considering that his former club have been marooned in mid-table for most of the season.

‘You know something, I literally can’t believe it when I see Arsenal’s name come up on the screen as one of the teams,’ Gunners legend Wright said on Instagram.

‘This is the same Arsenal that a couple of weeks ago I was commending on the tribute to David Rocastle. God, man would be turning in his grave knowing what’s going on now.

‘Is this how far we’ve fallen where we’re now getting into competitions because we’re not good enough to get into them?

‘To the detriment of the English game, we’re getting a seat at a table that we have no right to be at. It’s shameful. I’ve heard that word used and it is shameful.’

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