‘Uefa care about cash not gamers’

Courtois’ Belgium have been crushed 2-1 by Italy in Sunday’s Nations League third-place playoff

Thibaut Courtois has accused soccer governing our bodies of prioritising cash over the welfare of gamers, who he feels are being handled like “robots”.

The Actual Madrid goalkeeper performed in each of Belgium’s Nations League video games through the present worldwide break.

This contains Sunday’s third-place playoff with Italy, which sparked the 29-year-old’s criticism.

“This recreation is only a cash recreation, we’ve got to be trustworthy about it,” he advised Sky Sports activities.

“We simply play it as a result of for Uefa it’s extra cash and it’s an additional recreation on TV.

“OK, for us it is a good recreation as a result of it is in opposition to Italy and for Italy it is a good recreation as a result of it is in opposition to Belgium, however look how a lot each groups modified their gamers – if we had each been within the last there would have been others enjoying.”

Forwards Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have been two of the absentees for Sunday’s recreation – which Italy gained 2-1 – with gamers affected by muscular issues after that includes within the semi-final loss to France three days earlier.

“This simply reveals that we play too many video games,” Courtois continued. “Subsequent 12 months we’ve got a World Cup in November, we possibly need to play till the latter levels of June once more. We’ll get injured and no one cares concerning the gamers anymore.

“After a protracted season we should play 4 video games within the Nations League once more, we may have two weeks’ vacation and that is not sufficient for gamers to have the ability to proceed enjoying 12 months on the highest stage.

“If we by no means say something it would all the time be the identical. They (Uefa) could be indignant about different groups making a Tremendous League however they do not care concerning the gamers, they only care about their pockets.”

World governing physique Fifa is proposing additional adjustments to the soccer calendar that may see a World Cup performed each two years as an alternative of the present 4.

“You hear that they need to put a European Championships and a World Cup yearly,” added Courtois. “When will we get a relaxation? By no means.

“So ultimately prime gamers will get injured on a regular basis and that is the top of it. It is one thing that must be a lot better and higher taken care of. We’re not robots.”

Uefa have been unavailable for remark when contacted by the BBC.

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