Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller has hit out at Liverpool’s role in the ‘shameful’ European Super League plans, while speaking to SportBILD.
Now that the initial shock has died down a little, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore a nagging feeling that the so-called European Super League – in its current guise – appears rather unworkable.
Imagine a continental tournament without PSG, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and, if La Liga chief Javier Tebas gets his way, Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid.
Not very ‘Super’ is it?
The Bundesliga clubs, with their 50+1 fan ownership structure and their undying commitment to football as it should be, were never likely to throw their support behind an idea which threatens to rip the heart and soul out of our ‘Beautiful Game’.
And it was Liverpool who found themselves at the wrong end of Voller’s fury on Monday morning, with the Germany legend pointing out the irony of a self-professed ‘family club’ placing cold hard cash above everything else.
“A closed society is a crime against football,” said Voller, the Leverkusen director and 1990 World Cup winner.
“For a club where the fans sing ‘You’ll never walk alone’, that’s shameful.
“The fact that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are not participating shows that they have a backbone.”
Liverpool are one of six Premier League clubs driving the proposals, alongside Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
A penny for Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts…