The Super League project seems to have failed – at least for the time being. Florentino Perez and Joan Laporta want to stick to their plans despite the turbulent last few days. At the same time, the Real President creates renewed confusion by spreading crude theories and lies.
Over the past few days, the plans for the Super League have generated a lot of discussion. Twelve teams from Spain, England and Italy wanted to establish their own league, in which a lack of sporting success has no consequences and it is primarily about more money for these all-too-big clubs. Or as Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid and co-initiator would call: Noble motifs in the interests of the fans.
The fact that this project was broken up for the time being and the implementation averted is due to the large, common and therefore very loud fan protests. Not just from the clubs designated as participants, not just from Europe – but from the entire world of football.
Several club bosses and owners have drawn personal conclusions from these developments, actually it is not conceivable for any of the targeted clubs that the Super League will be further planned or even implemented. For Perez, however – who would have expected it otherwise – this still seems to be the case. Support comes from Joan Laporta, president of arch-rivals FC Barcelona.
He said he did not want to reject the plans for the ESL either TV3 (via Sport1): “It has to be an attractive competition based on athletic performance. We are supporters of the national leagues and we are open to an open dialogue with UEFA.”
Laporta continued, more clearly: “We need more resources to make it a great spectacle. I think there will be an agreement.” Even if other clubs had already planned to withdraw, the plan would remain: “But the proposal still exists.”
An almost completely opposite statement about the Super League sounds like this (via Brand): “I think the ESL is killing the football industry. It’s all about the money. This is my personal opinion, which is formed from what I’ve read about it so far. I have very little information about how this competition is will be organized. But I tend to believe that money is not always everything. “
By whom is this statement, which is just two or three months old and which can be contrasted completely with the new statements by Joan Laporta? Right, by Joan Laporta, made during his campaign. Of course, Perez also sticks to his desire to run the Super League. “It still exists, but the project is on standby,” he told the radio station Ser string, while emphasizing: “So far nobody has left the Super League because nobody has paid the fine.”
As a kind of reaction, various clubs announced this action. So far, only two clubs remain at a distance from these decisions: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Perez has hit the headlines again and again these days. It seems as if he simply doesn’t want to see that this absurd project has failed. The protests against it also seem to mean little to him. Although he seems to be wondering whether there were any protests at all.
These days, pictures and videos were circulating on the Internet from numerous fans of Chelsea FC who protested against the ESL and against their club joining it. Many supporters had gathered at Stamford Bridge; they were loud, visible, and decorated with posters and banners.
Perez, on the other hand, remains in his own world. So the 74-year-old opposite The spar (via givemesports): “Chelsea fans? There were only 40 people at Stamford Bridge. And if you want, I can tell you who brought them there. They were the same people who were there tonight.” [Mittwochabend] who handed ‘Anti-SuperLeague’ shirts to Cadiz. “
Cadiz had to face Madrid on Wednesday. The game was lost 3-0, but the game was used as a framework for protest. For Perez, such actions, as with the Blues, where of course more than 40 fans were present, seem to be simply deviously planned, manipulated and controlled mood-making. There is no insight.
He also found the later rejection of other clubs “sad and disappointing”. “Maybe we just didn’t explain the Super League well enough,” he continued to grope in the dark. Another of his crude assumptions: “I think one of the six clubs from the Premier League was not really convinced of the project. It spread contagiously to the other clubs.”