The European Premier League was created to “save football”, said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Real Madrid is one of the 12 European clubs to have joined the separatist league and intend to hold a new competition in the middle of the week.
Perez said the move was taken because young people “are no longer interested in football” because of “a lot of poor quality matches.”
“Whenever a change occurs, there are always those who oppose it,” he said.
The English “Big Six” are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. He agreed to join the new league.
The move was criticized by UK soccer authorities and government ministers, and was widely condemned across Europe by UEFA and federations.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Meeting With football’s governing bodies on Tuesday to discuss the move, while the 14 Premier League clubs not included in the plans are also scheduled to meet.
Perez said that the top teams are losing money and that the big-name matches will help increase their revenue.
“We are doing this to save football at this critical moment,” Perez told the Spanish TV program El Cherengetto de Gugones.
“If we continue the Champions League there will be less and less interest and then it’s over.
“The new look that starts in 2024 is ridiculous. In 2024, we’re all dead.”
The plans were to renew the 36-team Champions League, starting in 2024 Confirmed by UEFA on Monday.
“In the 1950s, the situation was similar. UEFA and FIFA played the new European Cup, but that competition changed football,” he added.
Why does an ESL form?
Perez said that this step was accelerated due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which has led to matches being held behind closed doors.
He claimed that 40% of young people were not interested in football and that Real had lost 400 million euros (344 million pounds) due to the impact of the epidemic.
“When you don’t have any income other than television, you have to find a solution to offer more attractive matches that fans around the world can watch with all the major clubs,” Perez said.
“Young people are no longer interested in football. They have other platforms to distract from.
“We can get back some of the money we lost because of the epidemic. We have to raise more money by organizing more competitive games.”
However, critics say the move is solely driven by money, and would destroy local leagues and interfere with the integrity of the sport.
Former England captain Alan Shearer said he hoped English clubs would consider the reaction of their fans, which was overwhelmingly negative.
“The clubs talk about it being a family and how the fans are the soul of the club,” Shearer told the BBC Breakfast.
Well let’s see what they really think about the fans, because now the fans have spoken.
“Obviously they don’t want that, so let’s see what their fans mean for football clubs.”
When can it start?
Three more teams will be added to the league as guaranteed members, with five more qualifying each year.
Perez said the group wants to start the new league by August, if they reach an agreement with UEFA, otherwise it could be delayed by a year.
UEFA President Alexander Ceferin called League a A shameful, self-serving plan And “spitting in the face of football fans”.
Ceferin also said players participating in ESL could be banned from all UEFA competitions, which Perez has denied.
“It will not happen. The law protects us,” Peres added.
“We will not get into legal cases. It is impossible. The players must remain calm because the threats will not happen. This is not my league for the rich, it is my role to save football.”
Major developments so far
- Dozens of clubs – including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – agree to form a new competition midweek.
- The European Premier League will feature 20 clubs In all it works alongside the domestic leagues like the Premier League
- Founding clubs are tempted with A stake in a € 3.5 billion (£ 3 billion) grant from investment bank JP Morgan
- The UK government says it is ready “To put everything on the table to prevent this from happening.”
- The president of France, UEFA, the English Premier League, major European leagues, players’ associations and former players are critical of the move.
- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said he did not agree to the move and that the club’s players had not been consulted
- A YouGov poll of 1,730 football fans showed that 79% are against the idea of the Premier League
- The 14 Premier League clubs that have not participated in the ESL transfer will meet on Tuesday
- Fans have expressed their frustration on social media and some of the places they visit to raise protest banners