Manchester United Superstar Raphael Varane Slams New Rules For Upcoming Season

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Manchester United center back Raphael Varane has seen and won just about everything there is to win in the soccer world.

Varane, a 30-year-old Frenchman, joined the English club from Spanish giant Real Madrid for a fee of around $47 million.

At the time, Varane was one of the world’s top defenders and had won the UEFA Champions League four times, the Spanish league three times, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France.

So it’s safe to say that when he speaks, people take notice.

Varane spoke up in a big way on Monday when he criticized new rules for the 2022-23 season.

We had a meeting last week with the FA. They recommended from the referees new decisions and rules,”he said in a tweet. “From the managers and players, we have shared our concerns for many years now that there are too many games, the schedule is overcrowded, and it’s at a dangerous level for players physical and mental well-being. Despite our previous feedbacks, they have now recommended for next season: longer games, more intensity, and less emotions to be shown by players.

“We just want to be in good condition on the pitch to give 100% to our club and fans. Why are our opinions not being heard? As a player I feel very privileged to do the job I love every day but I feel these changes are damaging our game. We want to be at our maximum level, the best we can be and put on amazing performances for fans to celebrate every week. I believe it is important that we, players and managers, highlight these important issues as we want to protect the game we love and give the fans our best.”

As part of the rule changes, officials have been instructed to add more stoppage time to games. They’re also expected to hand out more yellow cards for players arguing with referees or other players.

Some fans and several players agreed with Varane.

But many others did not.

Still others said that it’s a delicate balance.

But either way, it’s hard to imagine things going back to the way they were anytime soon.