Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa on European Super League plans, his fears for fans and Andrea Radrizzani's stance

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is unsurprised by the attempted breakaway by some of Europe's biggest football clubs.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:01 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:02 pm
POINT MADE - Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United produced a banner and t-shirts that said 'football is for the fans' ahead of their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Elland Road. Pic: Simon Hulme.

Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with champions Liverpool, Bielsa said the problem is that those with the most money simply want more money and decisions taken with the view that football is a business harm the sport and its spectators.

Liverpool are one of the six English clubs involved in plans for a new European Super League and Reds fans joined Whites protesting outside Elland Road before the game kicked off.

"Of course it causes harm to football," said Bielsa.

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"This shouldn't surprise any of us. The stronger teams think that they have the most influence over generating revenue in football. "If you take into account this logic when the rest of the teams are no longer necessary for them they take privilege in their own interest and forget about the rest."

Bielsa, who stated his belief that those with the power to put structures in place to avoid clubs becoming too rich or powerful should have done so by now, is pleased that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has come out against the ESL plans.

The Whites also made a statement with a banner and t-shirts that read: "Earn it on the pitch, football is for the fans."

"The president of the club puts his thought forward to limit the power of these big clubs," said Bielsa.

"This is something to celebrate.

"Of course there are different teams that are more important than others but they should be conscious that we need each other. Because football has always a view that's more commercial now, it's natural that in the world of businesses and looking only at the economic aspect the ones that produce the most demand the majority of it. That's common in the world of business, but football is not only a business. But before or after it was going to happen because football belongs to everybody even if there are owners, the real owners of football are the ones who love the badge. Without them football would disappear.

"Any decision that attacks all these people, all the fans of football, and that privileges only one sector is staking the future."