Former Socceroo Craig Foster has weighed in on the Big Six's bid to form a European Super League - and praised Australian fans for their 'venomous' reactions to the announcement.
Twelve teams, including six from England, intend to create and govern their own European competition, much to the incredulity of fans and leagues across the continent.
Foster said the 'earthquake' announcement goes against the founding principles of the last 150 years.
'Essentially, they are trying to replace a competition we all love which is called the Champions League which has been going for almost seven decades now,' he told Today on Tuesday morning.
Foster said the breakaway Super League would deny other clubs the opportunity to play in the competition.
'You've got a European clubs association with over 200 clubs across Europe and just a very elite group, who want to close off and create their own Super League where they play mid-week,' he said.
'The problem with that is it doesn't allow the rest of the clubs either in England or across Europe to be able to get into that elite competition.'