Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Leeds United sporting director Victor Orta after he was pictured protesting the European Super League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker said Orta and Marcelo Bielsa’s side were “absolutely bang on” to sport T-shirts opposing the radical prospective changes to European football.
Orta was pictured on Sky Sports holding a T-shirt which read ‘Football Is For The Fans’ prior to Leeds United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Monday night.
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The top, which was also worn by every member of the hosts’ squad in the warm up at Elland Road, is in protest of the European Super League being launched by Liverpool and 11 other European clubs.
Whelan is ‘disgusted’ by the ‘greedy’ and ‘sneaky’ behaviour of England’s so-called ‘big-six’ of whom all have signed up to the ESL.
“The players and Orta were absolutely bang on,” he told Football Insider.
“The club did not go over the top. What we are talking about here is six greedy, sneaky, unappreciative, non-footballing business men who own footballs clubs.
“They are not in this for the love of the game. They are not in this to please their fans. The only reason they are in this is money.
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“All of these teams are in debt up to their eyeballs and this is their solution. They are destroying the foundations of an industry that has been built over many years in this country.
“These owners don’t know football, they’ve never played football, they’ve never put jumpers down and kicked the ball around with their mates. This is business, this is greed and it is disgusting.”