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La Liga condemns ‘egotistical’ Super League proposal

Mon 19 April 2021 | 12:14

Three La Liga giants are among the clubs that have agreed to join the new competition.

An official

statement

on Sunday confirmed 12 clubs, including three La Liga sides, have joined the European Super League.

Atletico Madrid

,

Barcelona

, and

Real Madrid

are among the founding members of the new competition, with

Florentino Perez

serving as its first president. The competition is set to be held with 20 clubs, including 15 founding clubs and an additional five clubs that qualify based on their previous season’s performance.

La Liga

has condemned the proposal for the breakaway competition in a statement published on their official

website

.

“La Liga strongly condemns the recently published proposal for a breakaway, elitist European competition that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid,

“Today football fans across Europe can dream that their club, no matter the size, may excel, climb to the top and compete at the pinnacle of European football. La Liga defends this European tradition of football for all. The concept proposed by 12 European clubs destroys that dream, shutting the door to the top of European football, allowing in just an elite few.

“La Liga has a proud, 90-year history as an open, merit-based competition. Millions of fans around the world follow the 42 clubs of La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank. The success of our competitions has helped football to become a key contributor to the Spanish economy, accounting for nearly 1.4% of GDP and providing employment for nearly 200,000 people.”

Juventus

,

AC Milan

,

Arsenal

,

Inter

,

Chelsea

, and

Manchester United

have all resigned from the European Club Association (ECA). Juventus president

Andrea Agnelli

and Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman

Ed Woodward

have also stepped down from their UEFA roles. These actions further display the clubs' intent to push forward with their controversial plan.

The statement continues:

“The newly proposed top European competition is nothing more than a selfish, egotistical proposal designed to further enrich the already super rich. It will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future of La Liga, its member clubs, and all the entire footballing ecosystem.

“In addition, the breakaway league threatens the rest of Spanish sports to which, in the current season, La Liga will contribute more than 126 million euros as part of its agreement with the Spanish government and the Spanish FA.

“This destruction of the European football ecosystem will also ultimately cause the failure of this new competition and its participating clubs, which have built their success based on the achievement of sports titles and triumphs, which will now be more limited. We use all measures at our disposal and work with all stakeholders to defend the integrity and future of Spanish football in the best interests of the game.”


source: SportMob