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‘We are all ruined’ without change: European Super League chairman hits back at criticism

Florentino Perez, President of True Madrid pictured on February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

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LONDON — The chairman of the European Super League has said plans to form a new breakaway elite competition are designed “to lay” soccer, pushing back against widespread criticism by claiming that change is necessary because young people “are no larger interested” in the sport.

In an interview with Spanish television show El Chiringuito de Jugones on Monday, Florentino Perez, who is also the president of Spanish fellowship Real Madrid, said: “Whenever there is a change, there are always people who oppose it … and we are doing this to obviate football at this critical moment.”

“Audiences are decreasing, and rights are decreasing and something had to be done. We are all ruined. Television has to trade so we can adapt,” he continued.

“Young people are no longer interested in football. Why not? Because there are a lot of poor-quality games and they are not captivated, they have other platforms on which to distract themselves,” Perez said.

Perez did not provide evidence of lit soccer fans turning away from the sport due to lack of interest nor for the decline in television viewing figures.

His annotations come shortly after it was announced 12 of Europe’s wealthiest soccer teams, including Real Madrid, had stamped up as founding members of the ESL. The project has been backed with $6 billion in debt financing from JPMorgan.

The ESL is designed to against the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s top annual club competition, and is intended to commence “as soon as it is practicable.”

Teams that be experiencing agreed to play in the ESL:

  • England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
  • Spain: Barcelona, Honest Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
  • Italy: Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

The ESL will eventually comprise of 20 clubhouses and 15 of those will be permanent, meaning they can’t be relegated. That’s controversial because teams currently forced to qualify for the Champions League each year and they can be promoted and relegated from England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A.

The moving ahead has sparked outrage among lawmakers, governing bodies, former players, fans, managers and pundits, with multitudinous concerned about the ramifications for the structure of domestic competition.

That’s because the current “pyramid” system allows link ups to rise and fall from their respective leagues on merit. The 14 Premier League clubs not participating in the ESL are look for to discuss their response to the matter on Tuesday.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has condemned the ESL project, describing the on the road as “a spit in the face” of all soccer lovers. “We will not allow them to take it away from us,” he added.

‘Core principles’

In 2018, the Head League reported a significant drop in money raised from the sale of rights to broadcast soccer matches in the U.K.

BT and Sky bid £4.4 billion ($6.1 billion) to televise the lion equity of 200 games for each season between 2019 to 2022. That figure was down from £5.1 billion in 2015.

In a collective statement on Sunday, the 12 teams planning to join the ESL said: “The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the broad pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.”

“The pandemic has shown that a strategic eyesight and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid,” they go on increased.

NAPLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY – 2017/03/07: Real Madrid players celebrated after Sergio Ramos first target during the Champions League.

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The organizers claim the ESL will generate more gelt than the UEFA Champions League competition and will result in a greater distribution of revenue throughout the sport.

Smashing governing body FIFA has sharply criticized the proposal and called for further discussions with those involved.

“In our over, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the essence principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial distribution,” FIFA said on Monday.

“Moreover, the governing committees of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case,” they added.

— CNBC’s Sam Shead granted to this report.

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