Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has blasted the 12 breakaway clubs for their involvement in the proposed European Super League, labelling them ‘fabulists and failures’.
Six Premier League sides, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, were all founding members of a breakaway league back in April, but withdrew just 72 hours later.
Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan also revealed their plans to withdraw from the league, while Spanish juggernauts Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Italian giants Juventus still have not announced their exit from the competition.
The proposed league brought widespread backlash from fans across the globe, as its ‘rich get richer’ goal was said to be a damaging prospect for the rest of the sport.
Now, in a scathing attack to the chiefs of the 12 rebel sides, PSG chairman Al-Khelaifi has not forgotten their intentions and claimed the interests of football were defended as a result of the league’s failure.
Al-Khelaifi told the European Clubs’ Association in Geneva: “I will not spend much time talking about 18 April and the ‘not-so-Super League’ because I do not like to focus on fabulists and failures.
“Together we defended the interests of European football for everyone.
“We relied on the resolve and strength of UEFA president [Aleksander Ceferin], who stood up to the midnight coup. He said ‘we will win’ and we did.
“While the three rebel clubs waste energies, twist narratives and continue to shout at the sky, the rest of us are moving forward.”
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The proposition of the so-called ‘Super League’ was always going to receive major backlash from fans across the world. You can see why Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was so interested in joining it, as he was concerned the club would be left behind if they didn’t pledge their allegiance. Something like this may still be on the cards at another point in time, though.
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