Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer admits he is 'shocked, surprised and disgusted' by Super League proposals revealed over the weekend.

12 major European clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham from England, announced on Sunday evening they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, 'governed by its Founding Clubs.'

The announcement has caused uproar in the wider football world and Newcastle are one of 14 Premier League clubs left behind at a time while their immediate future remains up in the air.

The aim of the competition is to provide a rival platform to the UEFA Champions League but its closed shop feel (none of the founding 12 members can be relegated from the Super League) has removed all meritocracy and jeopardy from the domestic game, certainly in England, and will alienate the vast majority of football clubs across Europe.

Shearer is among a number of leading figures in English football to hit out at the plans, labeling them an insult to supporters.

"I’m shocked, surprised, disgusted really, by this announcement from the so-called elite of European football," Shearer told Coral.

"Tottenham and Arsenal, two of the six English clubs involved, currently sit in seventh and ninth in the Premier League, hardly the positions you’d expect from elite clubs. Sadly, I don’t believe this is anything more than these clubs attempting to line their pockets even more.

"It’s disrespectful to the sport, to the history of the game, and more importantly it’s disrespectful to the fans. If they listen to the fans now, which I doubt very much they will, the reaction to this news will tell the club owners that this is not what the fans want, and I mean the fans of the clubs involved, not just of those clubs who aren’t part of this.

"My one hope during the last year of the pandemic was that fans would be treated with greater respect by clubs, by the footballing authorities, when this was all over, as we’ve all seen that the game is not the same without those fans, it’s not the spectacle it should be when it’s played in empty stadia.

"But this announcement goes in the opposite direction to that hope. We’ve heard clubs say how important fans are to them, well now is their chance to prove that, as the fans have spoken, they do not want this."

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain, as well as Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Italy make up the 12 teams with three more teams to be added to the competition.

PSG, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Porto are among the clubs to have publicly rejected any invitation to the competition.

"There is nothing more to this than these clubs trying to make themselves richer, it really is that cynical," Shearer added.

"I mean let’s look at some of the clubs involved, yes, they have a rich history and tradition, but with some of them, it’s been a while since they were winning titles. Inter Milan, no title since 2010; AC Milan, 2011; Juventus, currently fourth in Serie A; Manchester United, no title since 2013; and as I say, Spurs and Arsenal, never mind winning the Premier League, both are outside the top four in the Premier League, and by some way.’

"This is 100% about these clubs making more money, it’s nothing to do with what the fans want."

You can read Shearer's full column with Coral, here.