The head of the European Premier League defends the separatist football league

A photo of Real Madrid President Florentino Perez on February 18, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

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London – The president of the European Premier League has said he intends to form it The new splinter elite competition It is designed to “save” football and respond to widespread criticism by claiming that change is necessary because young people “are no longer interested” in the sport.

In an interview with the Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones on Monday, Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president also said: “Every time a change happens, there are always people who oppose it … and we ….

“The masses are dwindling, the rights are dwindling, and something had to be done. It destroyed us all. Television has to change in order for us to be able to adapt.”

“Young people are no longer interested in football. Why not? Because there are so many poor quality matches and they are not interested, they have other platforms to distract themselves,” Perez said.

Perez did not provide any evidence that young football fans had shied away from the sport due to a lack of interest or a decrease in television viewership.

His comments are coming Shortly after his announcement 12 of the richest football teams in Europe, including Real Madrid, have scored as founders of ESL. The project was backed by $ 6 billion in debt financing JP Morgan

ESL is designed to compete with the UEFA Champions League, the largest annual club competition in Europe, and aims to start “as soon as possible”.

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Teams that have agreed to play in ESL:

  • England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
  • Spanji: Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid at Atlético de Madrid.
  • Italy: Juventus, Milan and Inter Milan.

ESL will eventually consist of 20 teams and always will be 15 teams, which means it cannot be relegated. This is controversial because teams are currently required to qualify for the Champions League every year and can be promoted and relegated from the English Premier League, La Liga and Italian League.

The move angered lawmakers, governing bodies, former players, fans, directors and critics, and many were concerned about the repercussions of the local competitive structure.

This is because the current “pyramid scheme” allows teams to climb up and down from their competitions on the basis of merit. The 14 Premier League teams that have not participated in ESL are expected to discuss their response on Tuesday.

UEFA President Alexander Ceferin condemned the ESL project, describing the move as a “spit in the face” for all football fans. “We will not let them take it from us,” he added.

In 2018, the Premier League announced a significant drop in revenues from selling the rights to broadcast football matches in the United Kingdom

BT and Sky offered £ 4.4 billion ($ 6.1 billion) to broadcast the lion’s share of 200 games a season between 2019 and 2022. That number is down from 5.1 billion pounds in 2015.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the 12 teams planning to join ESL said: “The formation of the Premier League comes at a time when the global pandemic is accelerating instability in the current economic model of European football.”

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“The epidemic has demonstrated the need for a strategic vision and a sustainable approach to action to increase value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid,” she added.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is pushing under pressure from Real Madrid’s Idir Militao during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final return leg between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield on April 14, 2021 in Liverpool, England.

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Organizers claim that ESL will bring in more money than the UEFA Champions League competition and lead to greater revenue distribution across the sport.

FIFA strongly criticized the proposal and called for further consultations with stakeholders.

FIFA said Monday: “From our point of view and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, must reflect the fundamental principles of solidarity, inclusiveness, integrity and fair financial distribution.”

“In addition, football governing bodies must use all legal, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure the continuation of this situation,” she added.

– CNBC Sam Shedd Contribute to this report.

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