Real Madrid president Florentino Perez – additionally chairman of the controversial breakaway European Super League – has insisted the project remains to be alive and that wantaway golf equipment are trapped by a binding settlement.
Perez was the figurehead for the doomed new project which collapsed inside days of being introduced final Sunday.
Triggered by an exodus from six English golf equipment, the one groups to not have formally introduced they are pulling out are Real, Barcelona and Juventus – though the chairman of the latter, Andrea Agnelli, has stated the project couldn’t proceed.
Real ringleader Perez, nevertheless, has asserted that public statements on quitting the project are one factor, however the authorized problems of strolling away are one other factor completely.
“The entity exists and the members who make up the Super League are there too,” Perez instructed AS on Saturday.
“What we’ve done is given ourselves a few weeks to reflect on the hostility with which certain people who don’t want to lose their privileges have manipulated the project…
“I’m not going to take my time to explain what a binding contract is here. But the fact is, the clubs can’t leave.
“Some, because of the pressure, have had to say they’ll leave. But this project, or something very similar, will happen, and I hope it’s in the near future,” Perez added.
After launching the project, the 74-year-old billionaire proclaimed it was essential to “save” soccer and tackle obtrusive monetary points rife within the sport.
Most observers, nevertheless, noticed it as a cynical power-grab by the European elite to kind a closed-shop league through which they would increase their wealth to the detriment of home leagues and smaller golf equipment across the continent.
Perez claimed the narrative across the league had been “manipulated” as he hit out at governing our bodies UEFA and FIFA for his or her opposition to the plan.
“It is not a plan which excludes clubs, nor is it detrimental to other leagues,” Perez stated.
“The Super League project is the best possible solution, and it has been created to help football get out of the crisis.
“Football is severely damaged because its economy has been ruined and it has to adapt to the new era we are living in.
“The Super League does not go against domestic competitions and its objective is to ensure that more money is available for all sections of football. The concept is to generate more interest for the games.”
The Super League plot was hatched among the many 12 ‘founding’ members whereas some figures akin to Juve boss Agnelli concurrently labored with UEFA on adjustments to the Champions League format which might be launched within the 2024-25 season.
Perez claimed these alterations – which embrace increasing the Champions League from 32 to 36 groups and following a ‘Swiss model’ which might imply extra matches – weren’t sufficient to maintain golf equipment.
“Nor do I think that the changes which UEFA have made are a real solution to the problem because what has been proposed isn’t even an improvement on the current model,” Perez claimed.
“We cannot wait until 2024. But in any case, we must have done something badly. We are going to try to turn this around and develop more ideas.
“Maybe the solution is for the top four teams in every league to play. I don’t know, but something needs to be done because today’s youth, those between 14 and 24 years of age, are abandoning football because they see it as being boring compared to the other forms of entertainment that they prefer.
“There are four billion football fans all over the world and half of them are fans of the clubs in the Super League. Football is the only global sport.”
The Super League deliberate to incorporate 15 groups as ‘founder members’ who would retain a everlasting place within the competitors, with an extra 5 groups being included on a yearly foundation relying on advantage.
The groups can be cut up into two leagues of 10, the place every workforce performs the others residence and away. Based on league positions, the event would then progress to a knockout stage ranging from the quarterfinals.
Fans, pundits and even authorities officers responded furiously to the thought, claiming it could result in a franchise-style system akin to in main US leagues, the place the notion of promotion and relegation is essentially alien.
It was argued that home leagues would endure consequently, whereas some urged that authentic 12 Super League signees may very well be kicked out of competitions of their respective homelands.
UEFA additionally threatened that any gamers collaborating can be banned from worldwide competitors.
After fan protests, Chelsea and Manchester City have been the primary to again out, adopted by fellow ‘Big Six’ English golf equipment Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
Spanish membership Atletico Madrid have additionally pulled out, as have Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.
German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund each declined to enroll to the project as founders, as did French champions Paris Saint-Germain.