The Uruguayan striker was never a fan of a breakaway project that his current club signed up to, and he doesn’t like technology much either
Edinson Cavani has taken aim at the Super League and VAR, with the Manchester United striker not a fan of two projects that have caused controversy for the Red Devils this season.
Anger at the ongoing presence of the Glazer family at Old Trafford has boiled over in the wake of the divisive decision to sign Premier Lague heavyweights up for a breakaway European competition.
Those plans were quickly ripped up, with owners in Manchester still bearing the brunt of protests, and Cavani has aired his surprise at seeing his current employers get involved with a proposal that threatened to rip the heart out of club football.
What has been said?
The Uruguayan frontman has told Dos De Punta: “When the Super League came around I told myself: ‘That can’t be possible – if it happens, what can we expect next?’
“I don’t share its ideas at all. I am not in agreement with it. You mustn’t deprive more modest teams the chance of playing in the Champions League.
“Or stop average clubs from dreaming of competing with the bigger ones, and having a place among the elite. You can’t deny fans of these clubs the chance to have this experience.”
What else has incurred Cavani’s wrath?
The 34-year-old is clearly not a fan of change, with the South American also taking aim at the introduction of technology in modern football.
As a striker he is more open to VAR interference than most – with marginal offside decisions becoming the norm – and feels that too much emotion is being taken out of the game.
Cavani added: “VAR takes away the charm and the essence of football.
“You don’t know why a referee awards a penalty against you or rules you offside – or even how it works. It is difficult. You score a goal and then have to wait two minutes before you can celebrate.
“Or, even worse, you celebrate then they tell you it has been ruled out because your fingernail or your hair was in an offside position. Or else because one of your team-mates committed a minor foul that nobody noticed – 14 passes before you put the ball in the net.
“Us players don’t count when things like this are brought in. It’s a case of ‘Play and keep your mouth shut – you earn lots of money’.
“Football is becoming a slog for us, even if there is some passion as well. You need to keep a cool head to put up with this routine for a long time.”