The project is on stand by - Florentino Perez fumes after European Super League's sudden death
|Florentino Perez is left fuming after teams pulled out of the now defunct European Super League. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
After the reggae comes the blues… after the rain comes some sunshine, but after the inevitable death of the European Super League comes a lot of backlash.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted the European Super League is "on standby" after eight of the 12 clubs involved announced their withdrawal -- while blasting the current Champions League format as "obsolete" and claiming the reaction to the project was "as if we'd killed football."
"I'm sad and disappointed," Perez told Spanish radio show El Larguero, following Real's 3-0 success over Cadiz.
"We've been working on this project for three years... I've never seen so much aggression, it's as if it were orchestrated, it surprised us all. I've been in football for 20 years, it's an aggression I've never seen in my life.
We've had threats, it's like we killed someone, killed football." All six Premier League clubs which had initially signed up for the competition – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur -- pulled out on Tuesday, before Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, followed them a day later.
UEFA put on a show. It was like we let off an atomic bomb. Perhaps we haven't presented and explained it well, but they haven't given us the opportunity either."
"The project is on stand-by," Perez said. "Juventus haven't left, Milan neither. We're all together. Barcelona are reflecting. The first thing we agreed yesterday was to stop, to explain, as we should have done from the start...
No-one has paid [a penalty to leave], the 12 are still there, they haven't left. We signed a binding agreement after a lot of work."