Former world player of the year Luis Figo is the latest prominent football figure to slam the proposed formation of a new European Premier League.

Liverpool and Manchester United were claimed to be amongst the clubs in a report to join a £4.6 billion funded league, involving some of the biggest teams in Europe. The league which is backed by FIFA will have up to 18 teams and start as early as 2022.

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In a tweet that he posted on Wednesday, the 47-year-old said: “What I read about this Super League idea will destroy football as we know it. It’s all about greed and keeping the game for a few elite clubs while killing the other clubs and leagues that fans love. Football should unite! Everyone should oppose it!”

A statement by UEFA said they “strongly opposed” the plans and “the principles of solidarity, of promotion, relegation and open leagues are non-negotiable”.

There’s been a strong backlash against the plans, with ex Liverpool player Jamie Carragher simply tweeting, 'Oh f*** off' and Gary Neville calling it “obscene”.

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