LaLiga president Javier Tebas has responded to recent remarks by Real Madrid exec Florentino Perez regarding the European Super League. The Real president made headlines earlier in November when he stated that the ESL is now “more necessary than ever.” Perez was one of the founding members of the failed league.
Tebas delivered his rebuttal during a recent interview with Agencia EFE. The LaLiga exec claimed that Perez’s speech was “full of lies” and that he has not physically sat down with the Real boss in years.
“[Perez] said that the pandemic has changed everything and that we need a new model of competition, but he has been pushing for this project for years, even before the pandemic,” Tebas told the news outlet.
“He said that the Super League would benefit all the clubs, but he only cares about his own interests. He said that the Super League would be open and meritocratic, but he wants to create a closed and elitist league.”
“The last time I sat down with Florentino was two or two-and-a-half years ago, and with one of their executives a little earlier,” continued Tebas. “But it’s impossible… It’s like I go to your house and say ‘hey, I want these two rooms to be mine, we can sit down and negotiate or not.’”
Perez previously attacked the new Champions League format
Part of Perez’s new plan to resurrect the Super League is to also ridicule new changes to the UEFA Champions League. The governing body of the sport recently revealed that they are making fairly drastic changes to the competition.
The 2024/25 Champions League group stage will feature one massive division composed of 36 teams. Each side is set to play eight different clubs, four at home and four away. This is quite different compared to the current format of eight groups of four clubs.
“[Perez] wants to break the system that has made football the most popular sport in the world,” Tebas added. “He wants to destroy the domestic…
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Author : Chris Moore
Publish date : 2023-11-15 20:19:23
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