Luke Shaw issues passionate statement on ESL plans

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Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has followed in the footsteps of Bruno Fernandes in becoming one of the first active players to speak out against the proposals to form a European Super League (ESL).

News that six of the English Premier League’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United, was broken on Sunday evening after reports surfaced that a breakaway league was to be formed.

Reaction to the shocking news has been fierce which is currently being reflected by strong protests forming outside of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in the lead up to their clash against Brighton.

Such is the significance of these proposals that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also become involved with the Conservative leader a strong opposer to the idea of an ESL.

Following on from Fernandes’ recent Instagram post which echoed the sentiments of compatriot Daniel Podence, Shaw has taken to Twitter to voice his concerns.

Posting on his official Twitter, the English left-back wrote: “Not a minute has passed when I haven’t thought about the current situation.

“I wondered how I could express my opinion without causing any issues for my club, which everyone knows I care about deeply.

“I grew up watching the Premier League and Champions League and fell in love with the sport watching, what in my opinion are, the two biggest club competitions in the world.

“My ambition was to one day be able to play in these competitions and part of this determination was to show that with hard work anyone can achieve these dreams and play on the highest stages.

“There is so much passion around the world for football and I have been privileged to experience that first-hand, however, I worry that these changes could impact the sport that I and millions of others love.

“We’ve been without supporters in stadiums for over a year now and I know how much myself and the team have missed them in each and every game. Fans and players should always have a voice and their opinion should always be counted.”

Absolutely brilliant statement from Shaw and undoubtedly the entire footballing world stands in solidarity with him.