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Marcus Rashford hits out at the formation of a European Super League

Marcus Rashford has become the latest high-profile name to condemn European Super League proposals.

The Manchester United striker joined team-mate Bruno Fernandes in hitting out at the formation of a European Super League on Tuesday.

The Premier League's so-called Big Six of Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are founding members of the controversial new breakaway tournament that would replace their European commitments with UEFA, such as the Champions League. 

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has condemned European Super League proposals

Rashford joined team-mate Bruno Fernandes in hitting out at formation of controversial league

Gary Neville, who has been vocal in slamming the proposals, replied: 'This is a beautiful thing!'

Fernandes said 'dreams can't be bought' referring to the Super League's large participation fee

Fernandes said 'dreams cannot be bought' on Monday and now Rashford has condemned the concept by posting an image onto Twitter of one of the banners which covers the stands at Old Trafford.

Carrying a quote from the club's great former manager Sir Matt Busby, it reads: 'Football is nothing without fans'. Former United defender Gary Neville, who has been vocal in slamming the proposals, replied: 'This is a beautiful thing!'

Wolves player Daniel Podence posted an emotional post slamming the talks, with Fernandes sharing the winger's post and captioned it, 'Dreams cannot be buy (bought).'

Wolves winger Daniel Podence put out an emotional opposition to the Super League plans

The Red Devils were one of 12 teams to sensationally announce their own new breakaway tournament which will eclipse UEFA's Champions League.

The dozen teams will be part of a mega-rich league that will see 15 out of the 20 competing sides automatically qualify for the competition on a yearly basis.

Former United midfielder Ander Herrera, who now plays for PSG - one of the major clubs to not sign up to the proposals as of yet - has also spoken out against the new breakaway tournament.

The former United man took to Twitter on Monday to criticise the plans, saying they are 'the rich stealing what the people created'.

Other players, such as former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, Mesut Ozil and Yannick Bolasie have also slated the plans that are proving unprecedentedly unpopular.  

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera also spoke out against the proposed Super League plans

Herrera took to Twitter on Monday to slam the moves that 'steal what the people created'

Herrera, whose PSG side have not yet joined the plans but could still do so, wrote on Twitter: 'I fell in love with popular football, with the football of the fans, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart compete against the greatest.

'If this European super league advances, those dreams are over, the illusions of the fans of the teams that are not giants of being able to win on the field competing in the best competitions will end.

'I love football and I cannot remain silent about this, I believe in an improved Champions League, but not in the rich stealing what the people created, which is nothing other than the most beautiful sport on the planet.'

Dejan Lovren, a Premier League and Champions League winner at Liverpool, dismissed the plans that his old club are a central part of

Lovren, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and currently plays for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, wrote on Twitter: 'Football will be in the near future on a brink of complete collapse.

'Nobody is thinking about the bigger picture, only the financial side. I still believe we can solve this unpleasant situation.'

And when Lovren was asked why other big names hadn't spoken up like he and Herrera, he said: 'They are still sleeping.'

Mesut Ozil was dismissive of the idea, saying a Super League doesn't compare to a World Cup

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, who now plays for Fenerbahce, said on Twitter: 'Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League - not any Super League.

'The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there...'

Bolasie, meanwhile, wrote: 'Some real mercenaries...all values and history thrown out the window.

'I was a fan before I played football, I’m a fan now and will be after I finish playing...it’s not about me or anyone else it’s about the millions of fans who follow there teams week in week out regardless of success/riches..funny how it starts getting more level & man jump.'

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has called an emergency meeting between Premier League captains with the England man set to spearhead players' response to Super League proposals. 

While the Premier League's furious 14 outcast clubs are 'considering all action available' to stop the Super League in its tracks as they 'unanimously and vigorously' reject plans for the competition.

SUPER LEAGUE FULL STATEMENT AND COMPETITION FORMAT

Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today [Sunday] come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs.

It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable. Going forward, the Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.

The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.

The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.

In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.

Competition Format

• 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

• Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.

• An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals.

Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game. 

The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by the current European competition and are expected to be in excess of €10 billion (£8.7bn) during the course of the initial commitment period of the Clubs.

In addition, the competition will be built on a sustainable financial foundation with all Founding Clubs signing up to a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, Founding Clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion (£3bn) solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic. Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid and the first Chairman of the Super League said: 'We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.'

Backing the new European league, Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: 'Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models.'

Joel Glazer, Co-Chairman of Manchester United and Vice-Chairman of the Super League said: 'By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.'

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