Harry Maguire insists footballers NEED to have a voice in wake of attempted European Super League breakaway as Manchester United captain reveals he has had conversations with FIFA president Gianni Infantino over the future of football
- Harry Maguire has called on fellow professionals to use their voice to help
- The Manchester United captain spoke in wake of the European Super League
- It was Maguire who spoke to United chief Ed Woodward opposing the plans
- The centre back said he is in conversation with FIFA president Gianni Infantino
Harry Maguire believes fans and players must continue to ‘have a voice’ to prevent football being taken away from them in wake of the foiled plan to form a European Super League.
United were one of 12 teams that announced their intention to form a new competition of super clubs that was without relegation and was a move motivated by financial greed.
Maguire was concerned and he sought out United chief Ed Woodward for talks on behalf of the dressing room, as was revealed by Sportsmail.
Harry Maguire stressed the importance of players and fans having their voice heard in football
The Manchester United captain has been talking with FIFA president Gianni Infantino via email
With plans foiled and the voice of the fans a driving force behind owners pulling out and publicly backing down, Maguire insists the ‘importance’ of continuing to have a voice is still just as great.
‘I think it’s really important that footballers have a voice in the football,’ Maguire told ESPN.
‘It’s really important that fans have a voice in football and owners, too. We’re all in this together, we all love the sport, we all have great passion for the sport and it’s important that everyone has a voice.’
Maguire has long been a role model professional and he was hailed for his work in the first UK lockdown after he stepped up helping his local community.
Maguire went public to celebrate news that plans for a European Super League had collapsed
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford also condemned European Super League proposals
The United captain arranged the delivery of food parcels to vulnerable people and families in his home village of Mosborough, close to Sheffield.
Maguire has also been working closely with the #PlayersTogether group, formed by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Its intended purpose is to organise footballers’ collective response and it has proven incredibly successful so far.
Maguire is determined to keep building momentum for change and revealed he has been speaking with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, having been sought out by the world governing body earlier this season.
‘We spoke over emails,’ Maguire added. ‘It’s great that he [Infantino] got in touch with me, and it’s something I appreciate.
Maguire (left) is looking to use his platform to help the sport both domestically and in Europe
‘He is a highly respected man, and obviously someone I respect. It’s really nice for him to get in touch and speak to me about ways that we can develop football.’
As a key figure for club and country, Maguire knows the power of the platform available to him.
He went on to explain that he wants to work much closer with the Professional Footballers’ Association as he looks to work just as hard off the pitch for success as he is on it.
Henderson will play no part this weekend when United take on bitter rivals Liverpool but just one point for Maguire and Co would secure they finish above last season’s champions this time round.