Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti admits that he thought talk of a breakaway Super League being formed was “a joke”.
Ancelotti was quick to condemn the plans that would have had huge ramifications on the Champions League and Premier League.
“For every supporter of football it was a strange day, a surprise,” he said.
“We heard about the Super League in the past few months but I was sure it was not going to happen. What can I say? They were wrong.
“The most important part, they wanted to build a competition without sporting merit. This is not acceptable. If you are good, you play football as a professional – if not, you’re not a professional. They were wrong, full stop.”
Ancelotti revealed that he thought the plans were a joke when he first heard, and gave his thoughts on whether the six Premier League clubs involved should be punished.
Distancing himself from the idea of any punishment, he said: “I’m not the right person to judge if they should be punishment. Everyone can make mistakes, but I cannot say if they have to be punished or not.”
Ancelotti also gave a mischievous answer when discussing the impact the Super League would have had on clubs like Everton, who have ambitions of breaking into the top four.
He joked: “The way we are working now is the right way. We have improved the team, we improved the knowledge of the players. We have to improve other things to play the Super Leag…oh sorry!”