Ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage is concerned how a European Super League would affect the football pyramid in England.
The plans for a new breakaway competition were confirmed on Sunday evening (April 18), with a massive backlash from football fans, ex-players and journalists up and down the country on social media.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the six English sides to have linked up with six European clubs – three from Spain and three from Italy – to create a rival competition to the Champions League.
Real Madrid, whose president, Florentino Perez, is the ringleader behind ‘The Super League, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus, have joined them.
SL clubs claim that three more clubs will join the breakaway group as founding members with the new competition, which will begin “as soon as practicable” expected to eventually feature 20 teams.
After Leicester's FA Cup win over Southampton, Savage and Ferdinand discussed the idea.
Savage told BT Sport: “What happens to the football pyramid now?
"We know that the fantastic, successful Premier League, the money flows down to the National League system, grassroots, the local communities.
"As Rio mentioned, in a pandemic where we’ve seen National League clubs go out of business, taking loans and grants, players getting furloughed and now you hear these big six breaking away.
"What happens to the fans?”
Ferdinand himself had launched an scathing verbal attack on the plans, saying: "This, for me, is a war on football. It’s a disgrace, it’s embarrassing and it goes against everything that football is about.
"It’s a closed shop for these big wigs and it’s completely and utterly about one thing and that’s money. The rich getting richer and the others are not even being considered. There’s no consideration for the history, for the people on the other side of the pyramid, below the top teams.
"How they have the audacity to do it in the climate we’re in at the moment, with the pandemic around the world, people struggling on the streets, people struggling around the world and these lot are sitting there in their own little room somewhere, speaking and talking and colluding with this little idea and break it out like this.
"These are things that add to the value of the game we love. It shows me and screams to me that these people have no idea what football is about, it’s purely a business transaction, that’s it.
"There’s no thought for anybody else in the pyramid, there’s no consideration at all. We’ve had to zip our mouths through the game because you wanted to speak about it, you look at your phone, your WhatsApp groups, social media, the people that actually support the game and make it what it is.
"We’ve been here all these times with no fans, without them, this game doesn’t feel the same. They’re the people going to be hurt the most and the grassroots.
"The people that make this game special are not being considered. The people at the top of the game are making these decisions purely for their pockets."