West Ham United star Pablo Fornals has become the first Hammer to publicly back the uprising against hugely controversial plans for a European Super League.
Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold will today attend an emergency meeting of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the plans for the closed shop breakaway Super League.
West Ham are one of the surprise packages of the season.
David Moyes’s side are fourth in the table with six games to go and very much in with a chance of a dream Champions League qualification.
Fairytale seasons like West Ham’s under threat in ESL plans
But the fairytale threatens to turn into a nightmare under the shadow of the breakaway.
Such is the strength of feeling against the ESL plans, there have been calls for West Ham to boycott the match against Chelsea ‘for the good of the game’ – read the full story here.
Fans of West Ham and from across the football pyramid – including those of the “big six” clubs involved – are up in arms over the proposals.
Football supporters are looking to the leading figures at their clubs to speak out against the ESL in a bid to save everything that makes the game great in this country and across Europe.
Hammers star Fornals publicly backs uprising against ESL
And Pablo Fornals appears to have become the first West Ham star to stand up.
The popular midfielder has endorsed a social media post from PSG star and fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera blasting the plans.
In a post on Twitter Herrera – whose employers PSG are against the ESL plans – has accused “the rich” of tarnishing “the best most beautiful sport on the planet”.
And West Ham playmaker Fornals retweeted the post to his followers on Twitter – a sure sign that he feels the same way.
‘If this European Super League advances, those dreams are over’
Let’s hope other West Ham players, Moyes and the owners speak out against the preposterous plans in the coming days too.
Perhaps Moyes can even use it to his advantage to motivate the team when they face mutinous Chelsea this weekend.
What comments was West Ham ace Fornals endorsing with his retweet?
Here is what Herrera said in full:
“I fell in love with popular football, with the football of the fans, with the dream of seeing the team of my heart compete against the greatest.
“If this European Super League advances, those dreams are over, the illusions of the fans of the teams that are not giants of being able to win on the field competing in the best competitions will end.
“I love football and cannot remain silent about this. I believe in an improved Champions League, but not in the rich stealing what the people created, which is nothing other than the most beautiful sport on the planet.”