Jamie O’Hara labelled Man City a ‘nothing membership’ earlier than they have been purchased by a billionaire proprietor and questioned their proper to be a part of a breakaway European Tremendous League.
City are one of many 12 founding members of the controversial new competitors to rival UEFA’s Champions League together with 5 different Premier League groups – the so-called ‘large six’.
The English golf equipment might be joined as founders of the Tremendous League by AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Actual Madrid.
An additional three golf equipment are anticipated to affix as founders, with the ESL deliberate to start ‘as quickly as practicable’.
Reacting to the information on talkSPORT, former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara referred to as on the Premier League to take sturdy motion towards the English groups concerned within the ESL plans and questioned Man City’s proper to be a founder member.
The Manchester membership have been purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group, owned by Sheikh Mansour, in 2008 and their funding has seen them develop into one of many European powerhouses.
However earlier than then had not completed increased than eighth within the Premier League period, even dropping to the depths of League One within the 1998/99 season.
O’Hara informed talkSPORT: “It could actually’t occur since you’ve bought the Champions League, the home league and the cups and now they need to play midweek.
“Honestly, it could actually’t occur. The Premier League will come down onerous, you kick them out the league, you relegate them.
“Do what you’ve bought to do to maintain the integrity of our sport alive.
“No disrespect to Man City, however they have been a nothing membership till a billionaire proprietor got here and acquired them.
“Now impulsively they’re successful titles and have gotten Pep Guardiola and have constructed an enormous franchise, however they have been nothing. They have been a Championship facet.
“They’ve by no means gained the Champions League, they’ve by no means even bought to a ultimate.
“Who provides them the precise to be in it? Why are they in it over another person?”
How the European Tremendous League will work
It is going to be a brand new European competitors between 20 high golf equipment
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined because the inital 12 founders
Three extra founding golf equipment will be part of whereas an additional 5 groups will qualify yearly primarily based on achievements within the prior season
Video games might be performed in midweek and all golf equipment will stay of their home leagues
There might be two teams of 10 golf equipment every, taking part in house and away fixtures inside the group annually
The highest three in every group will mechanically qualify for the quarter-finals
Groups ending fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions
A two-leg knockout format will then be used to succeed in the ultimate on the finish of Might, which might be staged as a single fixture at a impartial venue
O’Hara additionally mentioned that, in the event that they golf equipment have been allowed to hold on within the Premier League and play within the ESL, it could create an unacceptable disparity.
He added: “Is it honest that these six Premier League golf equipment are going to take one other £300million in their very own little Tremendous League?
“They’ll make bundles of cash, probably signal all the most effective gamers and probably have a £300million benefit each season over everybody else within the Premier League, however will say ‘oh we’ll come again and play on a Saturday and we’ll play towards your Burnleys however on Tuesday we’ve bought Actual Madrid’.
“That’s not competitors, that’s not honest floor and it’s not acceptable.”