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Madrid will not be kicked out of Champions League: Perez

Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that no club will be thrown out of the Champions League for joining a proposed European Super League (ESL).

On Monday, six Premier League teams — Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur — joined forces with Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Italian trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to launch the planned competition.

They have decided to break away from the UEFA-sanctioned Champions League and start their new competition “as soon as possible”, with plans for three more founding members to join and for five other clubs to be invited annually.

UEFA said sides in the tournament will be unable to compete in their future competitions, with Perez’ Madrid as well as City through to this year’s Champions League last four.

“They are the threats of someone who confuses monopoly with property,” Perez, who has been named ESL president, said on television programme El Chiringuit.

“Madrid will not be kicked out of the Champions League, definitely not. Nor City, nor anyone else.”

European football’s governing body also said players could be stopped from featuring for their countries too.

“Any player can be totally calm because that is not going to happen,” 74-year-old Perez said.

“UEFA is a monopoly and it also has to be transparent. UEFA does not have a good image in its history. It has to be open to dialogue and not threatening,” he added.

Earlier Perez claimed the move had been made to save the sport.

“Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” Perez said.

“Football is the only sport that is global. Television has to change to adapt to the times. We have to think about why 16-24 year-olds are no longer interested in football.

“There are poor quality matches and there are other platforms for entertainment. Football has to change.

“A group of clubs from some European countries want to do something to make this sport more attractive worldwide,” Perez added.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. IanCransonsKnees

    April 24, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Hi Stan Kroenke, nice to hear your take on things finally.

  2. tomescu teofan

    April 24, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Just because you avow yourself a fan of this and that club that does not give you the right to issue ultimatums to club-owners that pay for your entertainment.The same Wenger out Pro-testers that destroyed Arsenal are now the self-righteous self-appointed justice fighters who want to save football.Football ,like all other sports, is just entertainment and it costs a lot.Pay for your entertainment,pay for your favourites and then if you are still a fan ,you deserve to be one.Most fans are power-hungry unstable ninnies, they think they are entitled to call the shots,but when they are asked to help the team financially,they shy away from that,they just want to tell the boss how to do his business while the boss is footing the bill.Football clubs are owners’ clubs.IF you want to call the shots ,finance one of your own then.UEFA,FIFA are all crooks that leech on football clubs without any accountability .Lesser clubs cannot survive without the revenue made by the big clubs where football resides.No money ,no football.

  3. tomescu teofan

    April 24, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I fully agree with those who want quality football on TV.I cannot watch ECL group stages they are dull .UEFA is a mobsters’ club who want all revenue to themselves.They are leeches.Smaller clubs should support bigger clubs for it is these bigger clubs that make the revenue and then buy their players for outrageous amounts of money.But of course then it is not viewed as greed.It is only when the big clubs with their huge spending and revenue making capacity demand their fair share that UEFA stooges yell bloody murder.When a lesser club demand outrageous ,ridiculous amounts of money for a player to be sold to a bigger club ,it is only fair ,they say.UEFA needs to be reminded ,that they are not the boss of anybody ,they are merely servants and should account for every last amount they leech from the clubs that make that money.I watch football and I hate tyranny ,Therefore I want to see ESL become reality,for the sports’ sake

  4. Ivan

    April 20, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Hey now, Perez is doing this to save football, is what he says. What an entitled, delusional, corrupt creature he is. Perhaps he should focus on making sure his mediocre little franchise cane get by Getafe next time around. Clown!

    The domino pieces are falling, one by one, Chelsea, Man City, Atleti pulling out. Woodruff, Anielli resigning their position.

    Shame on the Boston Red Sox/Fenway group. Any good will they have gathered has evaporated in a matter of 24 hours. Next home game at Anfield will be a spectacle.

    I wonder if this was a coup attempt or a powerplay against UEFA/FIFA. Let’s face it, UEFA/FIFA are nasty corrupt cabals in their own right.

  5. Super Lame

    April 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    He’s just selling a lie now. Suddenly the ESL is “saving” football? From what? Further global domination as the popularity of premiere league football clubs skyrockets in the U.S.?

    My 12 yr old daughter loves one phrase above all others right now, but finally it applies to someone:
    THE AUDACITY!

  6. Brendan

    April 20, 2021 at 8:26 am

    They should be banned from all competitions .These rich billionaires have nothing to offer football fans but more pain to watch their favorite teams .We all love the under dog the just take the passion out of the game .They should go back from they came from and stop trying to bleed the working class .

  7. xl

    April 19, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    “Any player can be totally calm because that is not going to happen”. I can sense he got assurance from FIFA beforehand. It actually is a good idea for FIFA grabbing power from UEFA. They were not good friends to begin with.

  8. Don Dickerson

    April 19, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    “Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” Perez said.

    Changing how about making the games more affordable both on tv and at the stadiums. Change it by maybe getting back to the roots where it can grow and prosper. Worrying only about money is what is wrong with the sport today

    “Football is the only sport that is global. Television has to change to adapt to the times. We have to think about why 16-24 year-olds are no longer interested in football.

    Sure I mean when Football becomes a business and not a sport it will lose the interest. When players go and sign balls and photos for a cost compared to it being free back in the day. Players care about the hot lady in row 6 over high fiving a 6 year old kid on his way in/out of the stadium.

    “There are poor quality matches and there are other platforms for entertainment. Football has to change.

    Quality of matches isn’t the problem the problem is the players are leaving for more money instead of staying with the smaller clubs that they came up with. I’m not saying players shouldn’t move but if anything the big teams shouldn’t be given even more money to make the 1% of football the new 1% of the 1%.

    I personally love watching the non big teams hell I’ve loved every match that Bielefeld (Bundesliga) has played even though 99% would rather watch the top 4 (give or take) of the Bundesliga. For English clubs I love the Championship over the Premier League but hey that’s just little old me.

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