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Thibaut Courtois criticises UEFA, FIFA, says they only care about money

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Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused UEFA and FIFA of prioritising money over the welfare of footballers.

Courtois said this after their 2-1 loss to Italy in the third-place match of the UEFA Nations League on Sunday in an interview with Sky Sports.

He said, “This game is just a money game, we have to be honest about it. We just play it because for Uefa it is extra money and it is an extra game on TV.”

“For us it is a good game because it is against Italy and for Italy it is a good game because it is against Belgium, but look how much both teams changed their players – if we had both been in the final there would have been others playing.”

“This just shows that we play too many games,” he added.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper also raised concerns about the proposed World Cup format and how it will affect players who would play for about 12 months at a stretch, putting in focus the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

He said, “Next year we have a World Cup in November, we maybe have to play until the latter stages of June again. We will get injured and nobody cares about the players anymore.

“After a long season we will have to play four games in the Nations League again, we will have two weeks’ holiday and that’s not enough for players to be able to continue playing for 12 months at the highest level.”

Without mincing words, the 29-year-old also brought up the controversial Super League which UEFA was against insisting that UEFA only wants to make money and does not care about the well being of the players.

He said, “If we never say anything it will always be the same. They (Uefa) can be angry about other teams making a Super League but they don’t care about the players, they just care about their pockets.

“You hear that they want to put a European Championships and a World Cup every year. When will we get a rest? Never.

“So in the end top players will get injured all the time and that’s the end of it. It’s something that should be much better and better taken care of. We’re not robots,” Courtois added.

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