Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has slammed the emergence of the European Super League.
Hasenhuttl slams European Super League
The football world was rocked on Sunday as 12 clubs from around the continent revealed their intentions to start up a breakaway division called the European Super League.
Speaking after Southampton’s exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday evening, Hasenhuttl lamented the plans. He said (via Daily Echo):
“It does absolutely worry me. But I must say that the message from the Premier League was a very clear one and I 100 per cent agree with what they say about this.
“This is for me absolutely unacceptable what is going on behind the scenes and I think nobody wants it. Not even the fans of the clubs who want to go there want it, so hopefully we will find the right steps to not let it happen.”
It is hard to find the words to describe the terrible betrayal of these 12 football clubs. This act shows a pure disdain for the fans they represent and the competitions in which they have happily competed up until this point.
As Jonathan Liew of The Guardian wrote upon the announcement of the news, the people behind these plans must truly hate the sport we call The Beautiful Game. The reasons behind it are clear – each club will receive £310m to partake in the competition (The Times) – and it is just another example of greed in football.
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Even if these plans fail, it will be hard for supporters to forgive the clubs they have followed all of their lives. Unfortunately, a little bit of football died on Sunday night – Hasenhuttl is 100% right to share his anger and disappointment.
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