Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has hit out at his former club for agreeing to join the newly-founded European Super League.
Late on Sunday evening, alongside Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal announced that they had agreed to join the new-look breakaway league, sparking fury amongst the Gunners fanbase.
The six Premier League clubs’ decision to have signed up for the competition, which is being instigated by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, has been met with a wave of criticism, anger and disappointment from clubs, pundits and supporters alike.
The prospect of the competition coming into fruition is seen as having a damaging impact on English football’s future across the board, ranging from those currently in the Premier League to those applying their trade in the National League.
On Monday, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright hit out at his former club’s decision to get involved, and now Dixon, who spent 14 years with the Gunners, has joined forces.
Slamming the Gunners’ decision to get involved, Dixon wrote on Twitter: “What the hell has happened to my club?”
It is, therefore, clear that Dixon is ashamed by the Gunners’ decision to get involved in the scheme, which is see as a money-making exercise for the richest clubs in Europe to expand their wealth and claim greater control within the game.
Wright and Dixon are not the only former Arsenal players to have hit out at the idea, as Mesut Ozil bemoaned the plan in a Twitter post of his own on Monday.
The midfielder, who is now on the books of Turkish side Fenerbahce, said: “Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League – not any Super League.
“The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week.
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“Really hard to understand for all football fans out there…”
Should the plans come into fruition, the players involved could face severe consequences, including the prospect of never playing at a FIFA World Cup again.
Insisting that a punishment of such severity could be handed down, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin said: “The players that will play in the Super League will be banned from playing in the World Cup and Euros.
“They will not be allowed play for their national teams.”