Nasser Al-Khelaifi pointed the finger at the three clubs that remain in the Super League – Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus – indicating that they ‘shout at the sky, while the rest of us are building a better future for European football’.
Speaking at the opening of the European Club Association’s general assembly on Monday,Paris Saint-Germain
, also head of the ECA, notably discussed the Super League project.
The PSG president had taken the place ofJuventus
as president of the ECA, with the Italian having resigned shortly after the Super League announcement.
He labeled the breakaway project the “not-so-Super League” and said that the other nine clubs who tried to become founder members had been welcomed back into the ECA.
“I will not spend much time talking about the 18th of April, and the “not-so-Super League” because I do not like to focus on fabulists and failures,”
“Together, we defended the interests of European football for everyone – for the players, the Clubs, the Leagues, the National Associations, and most of all, the fans. We relied on the resolve and strength of President Ceferin, who stood up to the midnight coup – and people with short memories should remember that this is exactly what it was.
“You all should know that President Ceferin was confident from the start. We spoke early in the morning on the 18th of April, and he said, “we will win”. And we did. Thank you, President Čeferin.”
“And while the three rebel-Clubs waste energies, twist narratives and continue to shout at the sky, the rest of us are moving forward and focusing every energy on building a better future for European football – together as one,”
“As you know, for the 9 Clubs who asked to come back into our family, the ECA Board has re-integrated them into our structures with renewed commitments to strengthen our Association. I welcome them back to the ECA family.
“And now, looking ahead, to meet the challenges currently facing European football, the ECA needs to evolve with a stronger purpose.
“We want the ECA to be the heart of European football – a purposeful and powerful stakeholder driving the agenda and development of a united European football family. We also want the ECA to represent and support more and more European Professional Football Clubs, so we truly represent the interests of all.”
didn’t miss his chance to aim a dig at Juventus President
“Al-Khelaifi is a good captain who took the wheel when the old captain escaped from the ship,”
Ceferin also criticized the idea of staging the World Cup every two years.
“The jewel of the World Cup had value precisely because of its rarity,”
“Holding it every two years will lead to more randomization, less legitimacy and unfortunately, dilute the World Cup itself.”
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