In light of the mess that the European Super League proposal cause, head coach Carlo Ancelotti lauded his Everton. Per Ancelotti, ‘Everton is a family club’.
Six of Everton’s Premier League rivals joined and then disbanded (under pressure) the Super League.
Amidst the intense resistance met among football fans, Everton also strongly opposed their fellow English clubs who joined the league.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham incurred the wrath of the Premier League. Everton were among those infuriated, as the English top-flight threatened the ‘Big Six’ with a domestic ban.
Everton claimed the Big Six showed “preposterous arrogance” are they were “tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game”.
Ancelotti on Super League
And now, Ancelotti said that he thought the European Super League was a “joke” when it was announced.
In his interview, put up on Everton’s official website, he said: “My immediate reaction was they are joking, this is a joke! It’s a joke because it’s not going to happen. It’s impossible.”
Ancelotti further told reporters (on Thursday): “Sport culture in Europe is different to American sports. Not because we are right and they are wrong, but because the culture of the people is different. In America, in the USA, sport is different. Sport is entertainment.
He then spoke against the increasing commercialization of football.
“In Europe, we live with more passion. When we grow up, we want to beat our neighbours. We grew up differently. It is not sport [in the USA]. Football now is part business. But we need to take into consideration both,” he protested.
“Football is a sport first. And then with a lot of investment, it also becomes a business. We need to take into consideration both. This is absolutely normal.”
Everton Care about Their Fans
Praising the Toffees for being a family club who care about their fanbase, said Ancelotti: “Everton is a family club, a club where you can feel the love of the supporter.”
“Everton has a history of taking care of maybe more of its supporters,” he said proudly, in reaction to some other English clubs prioritizing pay-outs over fans.