FIFA president Gianni Infantino should not hide any meetings with UEFA and the Super League clubs affected, says La Liga president Javier Tebas.
Spanish top flight chief Infantino is confident he has played a role in the discussions leading to the establishment of the Super League by 12 clubs, and FIFA boss declined to talk to those clubs when asked about it last week, although he said he would work with them. Did not
Tebas said Infantino’s first allegiance should be to existing global institutions.
“Of course the president can talk to whomever he wants and who he wants to talk to. What we are talking about is the football organization and its integrity,” Tebas told Madrid’s European League club advisory platform. .
“If he is shown the structure of a Super League – and a closed Super League – he must first act after completing his meetings with those clubs. The UEF president and all the leagues have been affected by this.
“He shouldn’t have kept it a secret.”
Infantino was asked at the FIFA Congress last Friday by the PA news agency about his role in the Super League discussion.
He said: “In FIFA, it is my responsibility to listen, to meet, to talk to football stakeholders – our member associations, leagues, our clubs, everyone: big, medium and small.
“Listening to some clubs and talking to some clubs does not in any way mean that FIFA is behind, falling, conspiring. [on] No Super League project. “
‘Other clubs behaved like stupid puppets tomorrow’
“I want to say that the Super League is dead, that it is over. For me, the Super League is still alive. The Super League is not just a form of competition. The Super League is an ideology that started 20 years ago,” Tebas said.
He said Super League clubs treated the league and other clubs like “stupid tomorrow puppets” as they did. He said he would “respect” any restrictions imposed by UEFA on Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus’ refusal to make the Super League.
Tebas described the holdout clubs as “complete failures”.
Do they think they are smarter than we are? The fact that they have won many titles does not mean that they are smarter than most leagues and many clubs in Europe.
“Their boat is about to sink, but they want to teach us how to modernize football,” he said. “Are they going to teach us a lesson about football to modernize these three clubs? Or should I tell those three main leaders of these clubs (Florentino Perez, Jon Laperta and Andrea Agnelli)?
“Do they think they’re smarter than us? The fact that they’ve won a lot of titles means they’re smarter than most of the league and most of the clubs in Europe.
“The fact that they are a big club, does not mean that they know everything that is happening in football. That press release (when the league was founded) shows how ignorant they are.”
Masters calls for ‘rebalancing’ of European football
Richard Masters, chief executive of the Premier League, told the meeting that events over the past 18 months had shown that the European football administration needed a “balance”.
In addition to the Super League hurdle, the continent’s top clubs have also improved their UEFA club competitions since 20242, with the number of group stage games increasing from six to 10.
The 202224 proposal also includes plans to qualify the two clubs for Europe based on their historic performances, a move that clearly benefits the traditional bigwigs and has been opposed by the Premier League and its clubs.
Masters said: “We need to look at the governance model within European football because it needs to be rebalanced in my view.
“It means that in the future when we talk about all these important things and solutions that have a voice in all the people in this room.
“So it’s the leagues, the wider group of clubs, and the fans also have a voice in the future. In the future of the game. I think change needs to happen, and that’s the only way you can bring unity. Alexander (Ceferin) was talking. [in his video address]”
Speaking about the formation and collapse of the Super League, the Masters said: “What happened that created so much division and uncertainty when we needed it the least and I think the reaction in this country was incredibly integrated.
“The response from the fans was decisive. That concept was temporary, and obviously we have problems in the short term to solve and I’m confident we’ll be able to do that.”
“But when something like this happens, I don’t think you can go back to the first place, and so at least in the Premier League we focus on not being able to be sure of that again.
“It means strengthening our rules and putting everyone in principle.
“It’s a situation that demands a reset, it demands openness, even when talking about issues facing English football or European football without the threat of a European Super League.”
Saffron: We want to maximize risk, not profit
UEFA President Alexander Seferin told the gathering in a video address: “You can be sure that UEFA is more committed than ever to supporting the football pyramid. We want to maximize, not profit.
“We want to lend a hand, not a handful. All the leagues, all the clubs and all the fans are just as important to hold the pyramid together. Even the smallest stone in the pyramid is no less important than the biggest.
“Big clubs aren’t big apart. All clubs had to play to win and establish their reputation. It’s the irony of the unfortunate Super League’s failed attempt. They believed they would have to hit the podium.” In which they stand. “