Noel Whelan has applauded Leeds United for leading the protests against the European Super League proposal this week.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites had made a “massive statement” against the “sneaky” executives involved in the proposal.
Speaking to Spanish radio show El Larguero, Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez blasted the protests to the plans, including Cadiz wearing anti-Super League t-shirts before their La Liga game against Los Blancos on Wednesday.
It was a similar demonstration as to the one at Elland Road on Monday night, when Leeds players wore t-shirts saying ‘Football is for the fans. Earn it’ ahead of their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The Whites also erected a banner in their stand with a similar message.
All six English clubs involved in the Super League plans have since announced their intentions to withdraw from the competition.
Whelan accused the executives who pushed for the Super League of being “deceitful”.
As such, he insisted he was delighted Leeds had led the protests.
Discussing Leeds’ demonstration, Wheland told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I’m very proud because it’s such a massive statement.
“It’s such a bad thing that they’ve gone and done. It’s sneaky, it’s, it’s deceitful, it’s hurtful to every other club in the Premier League, feeling they’re above and beyond everyone else. No, absolutely not.
“You’ve seen how much the big-six have struggled this season against teams. Burnley Leeds, you can go through the whole list. There’s never a given they’re gonna win any game in the Premier League. It is the toughest of the leagues.
“When was that never enough for them? To go out there and earn the three points , to earn a victory, to earn your place in the Champions League. Everyone deserves that right in that Premier League to fight for something.
“For them to feel that they’re big enough to just deserve every single year, and be part of everything else that goes along with it, but at the same time drag clubs into some kind of abyss, no. That’s really out of order. It’s wrong.
“These are people that don’t care about football. These people that own football clubs have never kicked a ball, probably. Never put a jumper down on the grass, never put bricks down for goalposts. They’ve got no idea, this is a business to them, not a love.”