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Spain’s football league, La Liga, has added its name to the growing list of institutions rejecting the idea of a European Super League.
In a statement on Monday, April 19, La Liga tore into the newly proposed Super League, of which 3 of its clubs are founding members, labelling the move “selfish” and “egotistical.”
Real Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez has also been named president of the Super League, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are 3 of the 12 founding clubs of the proposed new European competition, which was announced on Sunday.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has been a long-standing critic of the idea of a European-wide league.
La Liga has condemned the proposals and has said it is willing to do whatever is necessary to block its implementation.
“The newly proposed top European competition is nothing more than a selfish, egotistical proposal designed to further enrich the already super rich,” a statement read.
“It will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future of La Liga, its member clubs, and all the entire footballing ecosystem.”
“In addition, the breakaway league threatens the rest of Spanish sports to which, in the current season, La Liga will contribute more than 126 million euros as part of its agreement with the Spanish government and the Spanish FA.”
“This destruction of the European football ecosystem will also ultimately cause the failure of this new competition and its participating clubs, which have built their success based on the achievement of sports titles and triumphs, which will now be more limited.
“We use all measures at our disposal and work with all stakeholders to defend the integrity and future of Spanish football in the best interests of the game.”
Reuters contacted Champions League and La Liga headline sponsors Santander, as well as television rights holders for European football in Spain, Telefonica, but both declined to comment on the developments. – Rappler.com