The European Super League (ESL) is on “standby” regardless of 9 of the 12 founding groups withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Spanish membership Atletico Madrid and Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan have additionally formally pulled out.
“We’re going to continue working,” stated Perez. “The project is on standby.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus haven’t withdrawn, though Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed.
Speaking on the El Larguero present on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Super League chairman Perez claimed all 12 golf equipment “have not left yet”.
“You cannot get out of the contract like this – they are binding contracts,” he added.
When requested what the penalty was for leaving the challenge, Perez didn’t reply.
Perez reiterated his view that the ESL was created “to save football”, having additionally beforehand stated the transfer had been made as a result of younger folks had been “no longer interested in football” due to “a lot of poor quality games”.
He added he was “sad and disappointed” by the response to the challenge, which the golf equipment have been engaged on “for around three years”.
He accused Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and numerous nations’ footballing authorities of “aggression” and “threats” in direction of the ESL.
“Maybe we didn’t explain it well, but they also didn’t give us an opportunity to explain it,” stated the 74-year-previous.
“I’ve been in football for 20 years and I’ve never seen threats like this. It was like we killed someone. It was like we killed football. But we were trying to work out how to save football.”
A revamped 36-team Champions League, beginning in 2024, was agreed on Monday, though the ESL groups had stated in its announcement of Sunday it didn’t suppose Uefa’s reforms went far sufficient.
“The Champions League format is old and only interesting from the quarter-finals onwards,” stated Perez.
“This format clearly doesn’t work, so we thought that we could have a format where the most important teams in Europe play against each other from the very beginning of the season.
“We labored out the numbers and felt we might make way more cash, extra money for all the opposite groups too.”
Perez also claimed one of English football’s ‘big six’ – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – were reluctant about the ESL from the start.
“There was somebody within the English group that did not have a lot curiosity, I will not say who,” he stated.
“That started to contaminate others, who’re additionally folks of an age, and who’re maybe afraid as a result of they didn’t perceive something of what was occurring.
“We all signed a binding agreement, but I think one was never very convinced.”