Florentino Perez insists the main purpose of the newly created European Super League is to “save football” after the break away competition has come under serious scrutiny and criticism 24 hours after it was announced.
The ESL launched its website late on Sunday with Florentino Perez named as chairman of the breakaway competition.
The 12 founding clubs of the new competition include Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
The founding members are all set to benefit from an initial payment of €3.5billion.
Perez told Spanish TV El Chiringuito there was more to the establishment of the breakaway competition than greed.
“The biggest clubs in England, Spain and Italy have found a solution to a very difficult situation that football is experiencing”
“We decided in midweek that instead of the Champions League, we could have the Super League with more matches”
“Football has to evolve. It is losing interest, we have to wonder why 16-24 year olds are losing interest. There are bad quality matches and other platforms for entertainment.”
“We have to make it more attractive, it is not something for the rich. We do this to save football.
Perez fervently denied the competition being a closed one and reiterated that competition will have 20 competitors including 15 founding members.
He also said nothing will happen to the current UEFA semifinalists Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal after threats of being banned from the competition by UEFA President.
“Every player can be calm because that’s not going to happen”
“It’s not going to happen, I don’t want to get into the legal reasons. It’s legally impossible.
He went on to add that games between the big clubs are the most attractive.