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La Liga President Says ESL Members “Lie More Than Vladimir Putin” During Bitter Outburst

Written By Jacobs Dunga 

La Liga president Javier Tebas was speaking at The Financial Times Business of Football Summit where he and UEFA president went berserk on the ESL.

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UEFA president Alexander Ceferin has slammed the re-emergence of the European Super League and called it a “nonsense” idea.


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Twelve teams came to agreement last April to form a breakaway league different totally from the UEFA Champions League where more money could be generated for the elite clubs but saw the idea went up in flames just a few weeks later as some clubs announced their withdrawal from the initial plan due to fans protest.

However, three clubs remained even when the idea seemed no longer possible. The clubs being Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona while Juventus from Italy complete the trio.

There are news making rounds now that the remaining three of the twelve founding members met as recently as last week at Juventus President, Andrea Agnelli’s house to discuss their plans.

The Financial Times Business of Football Summit pitted both parties together where La Liga President Javier Tebas and UEFA president Ceferin spoke in front of Agnelli.

The ESL will come as a direct threat to the UCL with promotion and relegation intended to be added to their format. Ceferin has however condemned the idea saying they’re not speaking about football.

“I have to say that those speaking about the Super League are not speaking about football. I am sick and tired of this non-football project,” the Slovenian said.

“First, they launched their nonsense of the idea in the middle of a pandemic. Now, we read articles that they are planning to launch another idea now in the middle of a war.

“Do I have to speak more about these people? They obviously live in a parallel world.

“For anyone to compare the reform of the Champions League with the Super League is not serious.”

Tebas launched a diatribe against Agnelii while labelling them as liars.

“He [Agnelli] will have to explain it, if he doesn’t explain it, he will be lying,” Tebas said.

“A week ago, I think it was in his house there was a meeting of the three teams. Now they are saying they don’t want fixed slots, Real Madrid are saying they don’t want the first slot. It is false.

“It is very difficult for the English teams to form part of this competition so they are creating a European league with two categories and the national leagues are the second categories.

“There will be two or three people relegated but there will always be the typical teams – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid. It will be difficult for them to go down.

“They have made enemies of UEFA and the Premier League, whose growth goes against their model. We know this, we have got this information. They can say what they want but this is what they are working on.

“Every time I read about it, I get cross, I think they lie more than [Russian president Vladimir] Putin to be honest.

“They are insisting that introducing this will not affect national leagues. We must be idiots, we must be dumb. But we all say it hurts the national leagues.

“For me it is an insult, I feel humiliated. They will do huge harm.”

LaLiga president Tebas then took aim at Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez.

“Perez already said it, he wanted to be in charge,” Tebas explained “The rest should not worry, they will give us just the crumbs. 

“That is the Super League in a nutshell, a series of clubs with assets and wealth, they want to dominate the rest.

“For many years, they have gone along with this line and this is what we have to avoid.”

Meanwhile…

Richard Masters believes that the sale of Chelsea football club could be completed in ten days even if he insisted the process takes a number of weeks to complete.

The club is up for sale following owner Roman Abrahamovic’s admission that he has to sell for the best interest of the club.

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Abrahamovic has had ownership of the London club for nineteen years and already overseen the most successful period in their 117 years history.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit in London, Masters said: “I think the quickest one we have ever done is 10 days but that’s not to say that record cannot be beaten. 

“Normally it will take a number of weeks but that will depend on the complexity of the deal really and the number of potential owners. 

“Provided that the information is easily digestible, easily understandable and gives us the right answers, it can be done relatively quickly.”

Delivering his verdict on Abramovich’s decision to sell the club, Masters added: “It is the right decision, the situation has escalated incredibly quickly over the last seven days and he has come to the right conclusion that it is unsustainable in the current environment.

“It is a welcome decision and obviously for the sake of everyone, including the fans, the sooner the selling process concludes and completes, the sooner everyone will have certainty.”

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