La Liga president tells Barcelona Real Madrid’s European Super League is dead
Posted On June 27, 2021
June 23, 2021
La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Real Madrid and Barcelona that the Super League is “dead” and “impossible” and urged rebel clubs to drop their continued support for the project.
Barcelona’s Joan Laporta defended the club’s involvement on Sunday, telling its general assembly that “the project is alive” and “we will not apologize for trying to organize the competition” while postponing the vote of members on the question.
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Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus are the only three clubs that refused to distance themselves from the breakaway attempt, while the other nine founders – the six English clubs, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan – have agreed to accept fines from UEFA.
“I have spoken with Barca leaders in recent days. They think they should keep doing what they are doing and I think they are wrong,” Tebas said on a call with international media Wednesday. “The concept of the Super League is impossible. Nine of the twelve clubs have requested the dissolution of the company they founded.”
UEFA’s disciplinary proceedings against Barca, Madrid and Juventus have been suspended as the consulting company behind the Super League, A22, continues a lawsuit based on EU competition law against the governing body of European football.
A preliminary injunction was granted by a judge in Madrid and the case was referred to the European Court of Justice.
“The model they are defending, without the English clubs … I think it’s dead,” Tebas said. “It’s a boat with three castaways and a flag, and that flag is an injunction from a judge in Madrid. Laporta says the courts said they were right, but that’s not true, it’s a judge in Madrid and an injunction. I tried to convince them that they were wrong and that they should work in other directions. “
Tebas said he was not concerned about the Premier League clubs’ recent silence on the matter. “There has been a lot of tension. Most English clubs want to turn the page on the Super League,” he said. “We can’t let the big clubs be the center of the football industry. They are important, but from there let them run the industry and decide how the money is divided… No.”
Tebas also said he hopes La Liga start next season with stadiums at 70% capacity, with 100% “in November or December”.
He agreed that this summer’s transfer window would see spending cut – predicting the market “will be even more contracted than last season” – and insisted the league would not change its strict salary cap rules for clubs in order to allow Barcelona to keep Lionel Messi.
“There are rules, you can’t go up or down [the financial controls] just because you want it, “he said.” Barça knows the rules, they know that to bring in players, they have to release a lot of salaries … With Messi, as with Aguero, they will have to reduce the daring bill. No rule will change to allow Messi to stay here. “