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Guardiola claims European Super League will make football 'not a sport'

FOOTBALL By Mirror | April 20th 2021
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola [Pool via REUTERS/Ian Walton]

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the plans for European Super League threaten to make football "not a sport" as a competitive element will be removed.

City are one of the six rebel Premier League clubs to have signed up for the new league, which has provoked outrage from the club's fans, supporters of the other 'Big Six' clubs involved - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - as well as other football fans, players, managers and government.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Guardiola said he found out: "A few hours before the statement was released, like the rest of my colleagues.

"They told me we were going to release a statement. The statement is there but nobody speaks clearly with more details of what is going to be created

"The presidents can speak more clearly about where football is going to go. It is uncomfortable for us because we don't have all the info. I can give you my opinion, but no more.

"I would love the president of the committee to go out around the world and explain how we got this decision.

"I support my club. I love to be part of this club. But I also have my opinion; right now it is just a statement. That's why it is uncomfortable for the managers.

"If you ask me why these teams have been selected to play this hypothetical competition in the future… sport, is not a sport when the relationship between effort and reward does not exist.

"It is not a sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn’t matter when you lose.

"I have said many times I want a successful Premier League, not just one team at the top. I don’t know if the statement will change and four or five teams will be able to go up."

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