Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois slams the governing bodies in football after Belgium lost 2-1 to Italy in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.
The Belgian goalkeeper had already voiced his opinion about the fight for third place with the Azzurri in Turin, labelling the match ‘useless’.
Courtois started in goal for the Red Devils, when Nicolò Barella and Domenico Berardi scored the goals to give Italy bronze in the Nations League 2020-21.
But the goalkeeper continued the protests in his post-match interview, concerned about the players’ health and the fixture list growing busier and busier with every season.
“It’s just a money game, and we have to be honest about it,” Courtois said, according to ESPN. “For UEFA, it’s extra money and it’s an extra game because it’s on TV.
“Of course, everyone wants to play, but look at how much both teams changed. If the teams had been in the Final, there would have been other players playing. This just shows that we play too many games.”
And Courtois continued to slam the governing bodies of football by pointing at an even more busy schedule over the next year, with the winter World Cup in Qatar.
“Next year, we have a World Cup in November, we’ll have to play until the latter stages of June again,” he continued. “We will get injured.
“Nobody cares about the players. In June, after a long season, you’ll have to play four games in the Nations League, you’ll get two weeks holiday.
“That’s not enough for players to continue for 12 months at the highest level. If we never say anything, it’s always the same.”
Courtois continued to comment on FIFA considering hosting a World Cup every two years and points at the Super League project which collapsed.
“They’re against the Super League, but they just do the same. They put extra games, they made an extra trophy, the Conference Cup or whatever the name is… It’s always the same.
“They can be angry about teams wanting a Super League, but they don’t care about the players, they just care about their pockets.
“Now you hear that they want to put a European Championship and a World Cup every year. When will we rest? Never. In the end, top players will get injured and injured and injured… We are not robots. It’s just more and more games, and less rest for us, and nobody cares.”