Despite the criticism aimed at the European Super League, Florentino Perez insists it will ‘save everyone’.
Florentino Perez, the new president of the European Super League, claims the competition will ‘help football at every level’.
The 12 founding clubs, including Perez’s Real Madrid, confirmed their association with the European Super League on Sunday. Another three teams are expected to join. It will leave the competition with 15 founders, all of whom would be immune to relegation.
Since the announcement, there has been widespread criticism across the football world. Many fans, clubs, and players alike fear the repercussions.
James reacts to the European Super League news:
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has even issued threats to the founding clubs and even their players.
But Perez feels action is required and insists the European Super League will protect the future of the game.
“[We are doing it] to save the more modest clubs, before the chance to save them has gone,” the Real Madrid president told El Chingruito on Monday night.
“This will save everyone. Football is going through a really delicate moment. The worst in 20 years.
“It won’t disappear, but it could slip down to a different level, if the youngsters aren’t interested in it.
“We’re fighting for the future of football. There are people who aren’t taking this seriously.
“We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with over four billion fans, and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”