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Gerard Pique Makes Plea For Everton And Leicester City In Case Against Super League

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Gerard Pique Makes Plea For Everton And Leicester City In Case Against Super League

Gerard Pique has made an impassioned plea for other clubs - including Everton and Leicester City - in his case against the European Super League.

The 12-club project received an incredible backlash from fans as well as players and coaches within the game. But while most footballers only considered their own team's situation, Barcelona defender Pique drew attention to the clubs most damaged by missing out.

"It is not positive in the long term," Pique told Futbol en Movistar of the Super League scheme.

"Do we want teams like Sevilla, Valencia, Everton, Leicester or Napoli to disappear? Because these clubs are going to move towards being worth nothing."

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Pique may be right in that if the (for now) abandoned project had gone ahead, it would be big clubs in England, Italy and Spain who weren't part of the Super League who would have stood to lose the most.

The Barca legend is far from the only player to speak out against the Super League plan - but he is among the first from one of the 12 clubs involved to champion the teams left behind as his biggest concern.

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"Football belongs to the fans. Today more than ever," Pique tweeted after the news broke that the Super League was not going ahead, after a damning reaction from supporters.

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He was backed by Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who said: "I don't want to talk much about this issue too much, but I agree with Piqué's tweet."

Everton released a statement when the Super League news first broke, slamming the six Premier League clubs involved. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all now backed down and withdrawn from the proposed competition.

Barcelona were one of three La Liga clubs originally involved, alongside Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

But clearly the 34-year-old Barca great Pique wanted nothing to do with the competition. And his concern was for clubs across Europe's top flights, rather than just his own.

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Well said, Gerard.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: European Super League, Leicester City, Barcelona, Gerard Pique, Premier League, Everton, La Liga

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