Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out over proposed Super League plans.
On Sunday night, it was announced that 12 founder clubs had come together to put in motion The Super League, which would involve 15 teams competing in a continental competition each year, alongside domestic leagues.
Each of the founding clubs, which includes Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, would be guaranteed a place each year under the new proposals which would take all of the involved teams out of the Champions League and Europa League.
The plans have been slammed, particularly on the basis the clubs would be rewarded not based on sporting merit but simply based on the financial and historical status of the founding clubs.
And former Arsenal boss turned FIFA’s chief of global football development Wenger has slammed the plans, telling talkSPORT : “It’s a bad idea. Football has to stay united. The most important thing is that it’s based on sporting merit, to respect the history that has been built for European football.
“I believe personally that this idea will not go far. I believe that there is a more dangerous idea behind it. It’s a big threat to the Premier League.
“When I was in charge, there was a lot going on from other countries to diminish the product of the Premier League.
“A project like that would accommodate that.”
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Speaking about the direction the game should be going in and how FIFA will oppose the plans, Wenger added: “I don’t know what is going on but what is most important is unity in the game and that football is played all over the world and inside one organisation.
“Football is the most popular important reasons. We are absolutely going to fight to keep football simple, understandable and based on merit.
“Everyone has to have the same chance and dream to be successful.”