“It was a strange day.”
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that his first reaction to the proposed European Super League was that the idea could be a “joke”.
Ancelotti insisted that the clubs involved in the project were “wrong” to pursue it without considering the opinions of the “players, managers and supporters”.
Following the announcement of the Super League on Sunday, Everton released a strong statement voicing their disapproval of the project.
“Everton is saddened and disappointed to see proposals of a breakaway league pushed forward by six clubs,” the statement reads.
“At this time of national and international crisis – and a defining period for our game – clubs should be working together collaboratively with the ideals of our game and its supporters uppermost.
“Instead, these clubs have been secretly conspiring to break away from a football pyramid that has served them so well.
“This preposterous arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside of the clubs that have drafted this plan.”
Ancelotti on the Super League.
Ancelotti, speaking ahead of his team’s Premier League game against Arsenal, revealed his first reaction at hearing the news of the Super League.
“My immediate reaction was (that) they are joking, ‘Is it a joke?’,” Ancelotti told a press conference.
“For every supporter of football, it was a strange day, a surprise. We heard about the Super League in the past few months but I was sure it was not going to happen. What can I say? They were wrong.
🗣 "I was so proud to play for this football club when I read that statement."
Séamus Coleman speaks about the dream of playing in the Champions League and how proud he was of Everton's response to the 'European Super League' pic.twitter.com/Fr2gRzgbOn
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 22, 2021
“The clubs were wrong because they didn’t take into consideration the (opinions of) players, managers and supporters.
“They wanted to build a competition without sporting merit. This is not acceptable because, in our culture, we were brought up to have sporting merit. They were wrong – full stop.”
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