Man Utd are one of six Premier League teams to sign up to a European Super League but their former player Eric Cantona has hit out at the plans
Eric Cantona has taken to Instagram to deliver a damning message against the clubs who have signed up to the European Super League.
Six Premier League sides – including the Frenchman’s former team Manchester United – are among 12 founding members.
The breakaway competition has been widely condemned for a host of reasons.
A closed shop format has been heavily criticised while fans, who have been absent from matches for over a year, don’t appear to have been considered.
And Cantona has hit out at the lack of dialogue between the clubs and their supporters before making the decision.
“I would like to say something about the European Super League,” he said.
“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.”
Fans have made their feelings clear since the announcements.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust released a statement saying: “These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.
“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.”
Liverpool supporters also gathered outside Anfield to protest against the proposals whilst banners have been removed from the Kop.