Super League update! Perez tells Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, United, City and Spurs fans: We are doing this to ‘save football’
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the European Super League will “save football at this critical moment”, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United all joining.
The founding group of 12 is completed by Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while Italian clubs AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus and Another three will be included as guaranteed members and five others will qualify to join them each year.
Now Perez has stressed the top teams were losing money, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that the expanded Champions League announced by UEFA on Monday was not the answer.
“Whenever there is a change, there are always people who oppose it. We are doing this to save football at this critical moment,” Perez said on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones.
“Audiences are decreasing and rights are decreasing and something had to be done. We are all ruined. Television has to change so we can adapt.
“Young people are no longer interested in football. Why not? Because there are a lot of poor quality games and they are not interested, they have other platforms on which to distract themselves.”
“If we continue with the Champions League there is less and less interest and then it’s over,” he said. The new format, which starts in 2024 is absurd. In 2024 we are all dead.
“Together we have lost €5 billion,” he said of the top clubs’ alleged losses. “In two seasons Madrid have lost €400m.
“When you have no income other than television, you say that the solution is to make more attractive matches that fans from all over the world can see with all the big clubs, and we came to the conclusion that if instead of having a Champions League we have a Super League we would be able to alleviate what we have lost.”