The UNFP, the Union of Professional Footballers in France, has already criticised UEFA’s new summer tournament proposals because it adds more fixtures to an already-crowded international calendar.
L’Équipe reported yesterday that UEFA will introduce a new yearly summer pre-season tournament to mark the start of the Champions League campaign from 2024 onwards. This tournament features four games that will likely be played in a ‘finals’ format in the USA in order to promote the Champions League and bring in further revenue.
It also regards the opening of a new Champions League tournament as a sign that the “European body only wants to line its pockets […] with no regard for the health of the players, and with no regard for the spectacle of football.”
Thus, the UNFP has established its total disagreement with the new project, which has been widely criticised even before being made official.