What 10 figures have said about a Super League: Klopp, Wenger, Fergie

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Plans for a European Super League have finally been announced, and the reaction from some of the football world’s most respected figures and prominent pundits has been overwhelmingly negative.

The long-rumoured proposals were officially declared on Sunday evening, in which 12 clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan – expressed their intent to form a new midweek competition.

But news had trickled through earlier in the day, allowing pundits to give their reactions live on television, while others took to social media to share their thoughts.

Sir Alex Ferguson 

“Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football,” Ferguson told Reuters.

“Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.

“Everton are spending £500million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League.

“Fans all over love the competition as it is. In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.

“I’m not sure Manchester United are involved in this, as I am not part of the decision making process.”

Gary Neville

Andrea Radrizzani

Leeds United’s chairman, whose Eleven Sports broadcasting company broadcasts Premier League and European football in territories across the world, echoed Neville’s words.

Rio Ferdinand

Jamie Carragher

“The actions of Liverpool and United, especially, are grounded on a grievance that for too long they have been denied the chance to make more of what they could earn, blocked from using their global popularity to maximise all revenue opportunities,” Carragher later wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

“But that can never justify efforts to destabilise the system without the backing of those they most need – the fans.

“Football executives always make the mistake of believing they are the most influential force in football. They swiftly realise that without the supporters, they are weak and powerless.”

Jurgen Klopp

Arsene Wenger

Micah Richards & Roy Keane

Gary Lineker

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