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Super League battle is not yet over - Gazidis

Fri 24 September 2021 | 12:43

Despite the Bianconeri, Blaugrana, and Los Blancos being the only clubs left in Super League, Ivan Gazidis claims that the fight for a new European competition is far from over yet.

On April, 12 European clubs as well as Juventus, Inter and Milan decided to create the European Super League, which included 20 of the world’s best clubs.

Many called it a ‘closed shop’, that had no promotions or relegations, but many football fans in Europe were against it.

After negotiations with UEFA and many fans being against it, Premier League sixth decided to withdraw from the competition within 48 hours and then Inter, Milan and Atletico Madrid followed them.

They then penned an agreement that prevents them from making such tournaments without consulting with UEFA and asking their permission.

Milan CEO,

Ivan Gazidis

, revealed during an interview that the Super League might not have been a good idea but believes that the UEFA should know that the ‘question of governance is fundamental.’

When you are in trouble, you may also lose clarity. The problems have remained and must be faced together, clubs, UEFA and FIFA because the crisis is not finished and it is no time for anyone to declare victory,”

Gazidis warned.

“The question of governance is fundamental, we must remember that everything is based on clubs.

“Milan will have to answer a series of questions about our financial health. So Financial Fair Play still exists.

“[In 2019], we wanted a sustainable football project and we were punished with a year’s suspension from international competitions,”

he continued.

“I accept that, but the rules must be the same for everyone. Are they? You have to ask UEFA, its credibility is at stake.”

Real Madrid

,

Juventus

, and

Barcelona

questioned the ‘governance issue’ many times and they are the only clubs still part of the Super League.

They want to make their own competition without UEFA and FIFA’s involvement.

Clubs are the only ones facing economic risks. I couldn’t make them [UEFA] understand how high the financial risk is for clubs that generate value for all football stakeholders. Or maybe they never wanted to understand it, we’ll try to reach an agreement with FIFA and UEFA,”

Agnelli said in April.

“UEFA manages and sells our rights without facing any economic risk and is a rival of us. FIFA and UEFA make big profits with our players, but they didn’t help us in times of crisis. They must choose if they want to be regulators or commercial promoters.”

Although many clubs departed the competition, economic problems are still out there and how they are going to be fixed is still unsolved.


source: SportMob

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