Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused soccer authorities of prioritising income over participant welfare in a damning evaluation of the worldwide soccer calendar.
Courtois, 29, was talking after his nation lost 2-1 against European champions Italy in UEFA’s Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday – a match he described as “pointless” within the build-up.
Each international locations made a lot of modifications to their beginning line-ups from their respective semi-final defeats in midweek, with Belgium unable to name upon captain Eden Hazard and striker Romelu Lukaku because of muscle fatigue.
“This sport is only a cash sport and we’ve to be sincere about it,” mentioned Courtois.
“We simply play it as a result of for UEFA it is more money.
“Take a look at how a lot each groups modified [line-ups]. If each groups would have been within the closing there would have been different gamers within the closing taking part in.
“This simply reveals that we play too many video games.”
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Courtois, who performs his membership soccer for Actual Madrid – one of many golf equipment behind the failed Tremendous League idea – additionally criticised proposals by FIFA to stage the World Cup finals every two years.
The plans to overtake the worldwide calendar have been devised by FIFA’s head of world growth Arsene Wenger, with the goal of getting main tournaments each summer season and fewer qualifying video games throughout the 12 months.
UEFA has already expressed its opposition to the biennial finals together with followers’ teams.
“They [UEFA] made an additional trophy [UEFA Conference League]… it’s all the time the identical,” he mentioned.
“They are often offended about different groups wanting a Tremendous League however they do not care concerning the gamers, they simply care about their pockets.
“It is a unhealthy factor that gamers aren’t spoken about. And now you hear a couple of European Championship and a World Cup yearly, when will we get a relaxation? By no means.”
Courtois mentioned accidents would solely develop into extra prevalent amongst gamers if the match schedule continued to develop.
“We aren’t robots! It is simply an increasing number of video games and fewer relaxation for us and no person cares about us”
“So ultimately prime gamers will get injured and injured and injured. It is one thing that needs to be a lot better and far more taken care of,” added the two-time Premier League and La Liga winner.
“We aren’t robots! It is simply an increasing number of video games and fewer relaxation for us and no person cares about us.
“Subsequent 12 months we’ve a World Cup in November, we’ve to play till the latter phases of June once more. We’ll get injured! No one cares concerning the gamers anymore.
“Three weeks of vacation will not be sufficient for gamers to have the ability to proceed for 12 months on the highest degree. If we by no means say something it [will be] all the time the identical.”