Fans own football, says Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa Yorkshire News

LEEDS UNITED coach Marcelo Bielsa stressed that the true owners of football are the fans, after offering his opinion on the incendiary decision of 12 clubs to announce plans to establish a separatist European Super League, which had threatened a civil war in all the world. .

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa pictured on the touchline during his team's draw with Liverpool.  Image: Simon Hulme.
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa pictured on the touchline during his team’s draw with Liverpool. Image: Simon Hulme.

Among that number were United’s rival Liverpool, who drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Elland Road.

A dramatic finish saw Diego Llorente score a well-deserved late draw for Leeds to disallow Sadio Mane’s first goal just after the half-hour mark.

Previously, around 700 fans gathered outside the stadium before the game, both Leeds and Liverpool fans, to demonstrate against the proposed league, which threatens the well-being of national football in this country.

A plane displaying the message “Say no to the Super League” flew over Elland Road before the game.

Liverpool are one of the ‘big six’ English clubs to have signed up for the new league, sparking outrage in the UK and Europe.

The Leeds players wore ‘Football is for the fans’ jerseys when warming up and the garments were also put on in the Liverpool dressing room before the game, but not worn.

Bielsa said: “Soccer belongs to everyone. Even if there are owners, the true owners of soccer are those who love the shield and without them, soccer would disappear.

“Any decision that attacks all these people who are football fans, (business) privilege is just one sector and bet on the future.

“Of course, there are different teams more important than others, but they (all ESL clubs) must be aware of the needs that we need each other because football always has a vision that is now more commercial.

“It is natural in the business world (to look at) only the economic aspect that those who produce the most demand the most. That is something that is common in the business world, but football is not just a business.

“Of course, it hurts football. This should come as no surprise to any of us.

“The strongest teams think that they have more influence to generate income in football and if this logic is taken into account, when the rest of the teams are no longer necessary, they privilege themselves in their own interest and forget about the rest.

“These great teams have become great throughout history. But they have done it in conjunction with the rest of the teams that although they did not become great, they did it with them.

“I think there are structures that should put limits on these excesses for great teams. What happened was inevitable.

“But it shouldn’t surprise us as this happens in all walks of life.”

On putting up jerseys in the away dressing room, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t think it’s right. They put them in our dressing room, I don’t think we deserve it. I don’t like the way a lot of people talk about Liverpool. .

“This is a fantastic football club. At this specific moment we cannot blame the team for that. I accept criticism for everything, but we have nothing to do with this.”

“Now people write articles about what to do with him. People are yelling at us. We have to be careful because we are also people. We have to be careful. I understand all the talk and I don’t like it that well.

“Don’t forget we have nothing to do with it. We still have to play football. It’s really not right. Our owners are great people, they will try to explain the decisions. Will I understand? I don’t know.” , but it’s not my decision yet.

“I’m the coach of a soccer team. If people want to criticize me, that’s fine. But other things, it’s not right. Everyone shouldn’t forget.”

On the game, Bielsa commented: “I think the game was beautiful. In the first half it was more even and in the second, we managed to master the procedures and create scoring opportunities in the opposite half.

“While it was also true that while we were handling the procedures, they maintained their threat.

“Diego played a very good game and the fact that he scored a goal made his performance shine. The ball (corner) was hit very well by (Jack) Harrison and when he arrived in a race like this with such power, the player who arrives like this has the advantage ”.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-19 22:14:08