European ruling body UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has criticized Real Madrid president Florentino Perez again following the meltdown of the European Super League.
“Perez is the president of a Super League that didn’t exist, and at the moment he’s the president of nothing,” Ceferin told Slovenian broadcaster Pop TV.
“It’s been clear to me for a long time that he doesn’t want a UEFA president like me. This is just an even bigger incentive for me to stay.
“He would like to have a UEFA president who obeys him, who listens to him, who does what he wants,” Ceferin added.
🗯 Ceferin: "At the moment [Florentino Perez] is the president of nothing."
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Led by Perez and Juventus chief Andreas Agnelli, 12 major European elite clubs attempted to create their own Super League, which would compete directly with the Champions League.
However, after massive protests from governments, officials and fans, the six English clubs, the three Italian clubs and Atletico Madrid turned their back on the project.
“In my opinion, the Super League never existed. It was an attempt to create a phantom league of the rich that wouldn’t follow any system, that wouldn’t take into account the pyramid structure of football in Europe, its culture, tradition or history,” Ceferin said.
The UEFA president insisted he believes in the power of football, saying: “Football can trigger considerable social movements and I was sure that would be the case in England.
“After the reactions of [British prime minister] Boris Johnson, [France president] Emmanuel Macron and [Hungarian prime minister] Viktor Orban, as well as the European Commission, I knew this would end quickly.”