‘All they care about is money not players’ – Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has accused football governing bodies of prioritizing money over the welfare of players.

Courtois feels players are being treated like “robots”.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper played in both of Belgium’s Nations League games during the current international break.

This includes Sunday’s third-place play-off with Italy, which sparked the 29-year-old’s criticism.

“This game is just a money game, we have to be honest about it,” Courtois told Sky Sports.

“We just play it because for Uefa it is extra money and it is an extra game on TV.”

“OK, for us it’s a good game because it’s against Italy and for Italy it’s a good game because it’s 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.”

Forwards Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were two of the absentees for Sunday’s game which Italy won 2-1.

The two players were suffering from muscular problems after featuring in the semi-final loss to France three days earlier.

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Uefa replies Courtois

Uefa responded to Courtois’ claims saying that the Nations League has not increased the number of games played.

“The Nations League has not increased the overall number of matches played by national teams.”

“It is played on dates of the international match calendar.”

“Its introduction was meant to support national team football with meaningful, balanced and exciting matches at all levels.”

“This has actually happened thanks to the fact all teams have objectives to achieve in the competition.”

“Uefa does not keep any of the revenues from the Nations League, which are entirely redistributed to its national associations.”

“These revenues fund the organization and promotion of football all over Europe.”

World governing body Fifa is proposing further changes to the football calendar that would see a World Cup played every two years.

According to Courtois, players will remain with no time to rest if Fifa implements this proposal.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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