Breakaway league will save clubs financially, says Perez

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 00:00 |
New European Super League president Florentino Perez.

Madrid, Monday

New European Super League president Florentino Perez (pictured) insists the controversial breakaway league is necessary to save clubs in financial terms and is determined it will go ahead - whether Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich continue to refuse to join or not.

The Real Madrid president was announced on Sunday in a similar role to his current post as the first chief of the new league, which involves Premier League ‘Big Six’ Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham replacing their European commitments with UEFA, such as the Champions League.

Perez’s Madrid were joined by LaLiga rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid while Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have also signed up, but German giants Bayern Munich and French counterparts PSG have insisted they will not be following suit.

But speaking on El Chiringuito in Spain, the 74-year-old claimed the Super League was a necessary measure for all clubs including his own to combat the loss of income brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

And he insisted that it was ‘bulls***’ that it could be cancelled if other big sides refuse to eventually join, claiming football would be ‘dead’ in three years’ time under current competitions and models.

‘Many important clubs in Spain, Italy and the UK want to find a solution to a very bad financial situation,’ Perez said.

‘The only way is to play more competitive games. If instead of playing the Champions League, the Super League helps the clubs to recover the lost earnings.

‘Here at Real Madrid we’ve lost a lot of money, we are all going through a very bad situation.

When there is no profit, the only way is to play more competitive games during the week. The Super League will save clubs financially.

“PSG were not invited, as of today. We haven’t even spoken to German clubs,” he said. - Dailymail

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