The Real Madrid president says the ESL is not dead and it will ‘go forward’ in some form.
were among the 12 clubs that announced the creation of the Super League last weekend.
was set to become the competition’s first president, but the project was collapsed amid huge backlash from football fans and officials. However, the 74-year-old claims the Super League still exists, and the participants have not left the project yet.
"I'm not going to explain now what a binding contract is,"
"But the clubs cannot leave.
"Some of them, because of pressure, have had to say that they're leaving. But this project or one like it will go forward, and I hope it's soon.”
Premier League clubs were the first participants to announce their departure from the breakaway league. However, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Milan are still persistent with their controversial idea of creating the Super League.
"The Super League still exists, and the members are still in it. Now we have given ourselves some weeks to think, while we face the violence that some people, who don't want to lose their privileges, have used to manipulate our project."
Asked about the Champions League’s new format, Perez responded:
"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. 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.
"Also, 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.
"The truth is, no. Not the format, that nobody understands, not the time period, because by 2024… either we fix this before or all the clubs go bankrupt."
UEFA is reportedly set to punish the clubs who are refusing to leave the ESL. However, the potential legal consequences of such moves are so far unclear.
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