Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he thought plans for the European Super League were "a joke", but further claimed that Everton care about the fans and would never participate in such a league.
The traditional "Big Six" of the Premier League - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham were revealed to be among the 12 founding members of the breakaway competition. But following intense backlash, the clubs withdrew 48 hours later, leaving only Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and Milan as a part of the league.
And Toffees boss Ancelotti has revealed he could not believe it when the news of a proposed European Super League first broke. He said: “My immediate reaction was they are joking, this is a joke! It’s a joke because it’s not going to happen. It’s impossible."
He added, “Sport culture in Europe is different to American sports. Not because we are right and they are wrong, but because the culture of the people is different. In America, in the USA, sport is different. Sport is entertainment."
Ancelotti further said, “In Europe, we live with more passion. When we grow up, we want to beat our neighbours. We grew up differently. It is not sport [in the USA]. Football now is part business, but we need to take into consideration both. Football is a sport first. And then with a lot of investment, it also becomes a business. We need to take into consideration both. This is absolutely normal.”
Ancelotti added: “Everton is a family club, a club where you can feel the love of the supporter. Everton has a history of taking care of maybe more of its supporters.”
Everton take on Arsenal over the weekend, and the Gunners fans have planned a protest outside the Emirates before kick-off to make their feelings clear about unpopular owner Stan Kroenke.
Asked if the protest will disrupt Everton, Ancelotti told talkSPORT: “No, I don’t think so. The problem is gone. Now, the clubs are going to talk about this. The Premier League and Champions League is safe.”