Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has made his first comment on the failed Super League. Across from Cadena SER The 74-year-old, who is considered to be the driving force behind the project, was sad, but did not declare the Super League to have failed: “The project is on standby.”
“We have been working on this project for many years and we may not have been able to explain it well,” said Perez. Despite the bitter fan protests, especially in England, Perez still believes in the idea of a Super League.
Although Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli declared the Super League a failure, Perez claimed that Juve had not turned their backs on the idea yet. He also spoke to Barca’s President Joan Laporta: “I don’t feel alone.” Perez does not see an alternative to the Super League anyway: “I think there really is no other solution. Let someone invent something else.”
Perez does not see a possible distance from the grassroots and an even wider gap between financially limited and strong clubs in his elite league. “The smaller teams would get more money if the bigger clubs didn’t lose one. If there is money, there is money for everyone.”
However, Perez cannot understand the tough push by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin. “I’ve never seen such aggression from a UEFA president. Threats and insults. As if we’d killed someone. We have to save football.”
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… UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin: “I just want a polite UEFA President who doesn’t offend, it’s that simple. We’re in a democratic Europe and that’s no longer normal. I don’t want him to offend anyone, manners are still important today. He should actually be a role model … “
… the first failure of the Super League: “We have been working on this project for many years and may not have been able to explain it well. The Champions League format is out of date and only interesting from the quarter-finals onwards. 650 million were lost last season, this format doesn’t work. When this is all over and the reality comes, we’ll see what happens. The clubs will lose more than two billion “.
… the future of the Super League: “It is my responsibility for Real Madrid to be a pioneer. If there is money, there is money for everyone. The project is on standby. We are thinking about the future. Juventus has not disappeared. The main thing is that the games are interesting for the youngsters. “
… an alternative to the Super League: “I think there really is no other solution. Let somebody invent something else. The owners of the English are American and they are enthusiastic about the sport”.
… the exclusivity of the league: “The permanent teams deserve it on the field. They are the ones that have more fans on social networks. There are games that nobody watches. I spoke to Agnelli three times today. I don’t feel alone. We look at each other how we can generate this money through the agreement with JP Morgan. It would be a sin not to consider this format ”.
… football is changing: “Life is changing. Football is spectacular, but we have to take care of it. We have to organize competitive games so that they survive on the new platforms.”