ESL clubs ‘cannot leave’, says Perez

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    Real Madrid president Florentino PerezFlorentino Perez says the ESL was created "to save football"

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the 12 clubs that agreed to join a new European Super League have "binding contracts" and "cannot leave".

    Nine of the 12 teams, including all six Premier League clubs, withdrew from the proposed tournament on Tuesday after the plan sparked a furious backlash.

    Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have not yet abandoned the project.

    "I don't need to explain what a binding contract is, but effectively the clubs cannot leave," Perez told newspaper ASexternal-link.

    "Some of them, due to pressure, have said they're leaving. But this project, or one very similar, will move forward and I hope very soon."

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    The Real president added it was "not true" American investment bank JP Morgan – who had provided a 3.5bn euro (£2.8bn) grant to the founding members – had abandoned the ESL.

    "They have taken some time for reflection, just like the 12 clubs. If we need to make changes we will but the Super League is the best project we've thought of," Perez said.

    "What we have done is taken a few weeks to reflect in light of the fury of certain people who don't want to lose their privileges and have manipulated the project."

    Perez said on Thursday – in the aftermath of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham's withdrawing – that the ESL was still on "standby".

    La Liga club Atletico Madrid and Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan have also formally pulled out, while Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli admitted the project could no longer proceed.

    The 12-team Super League was announced on Sunday to widespread condemnation and has since prompted large protests outside grounds in England.

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      Comment posted by BeigeAthleticGhost, at 16:02 24 Apr

      Your dream is over Perez, and the nightmare you have created from your years of greed and over-spending are about become a reality.116247

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        Reply posted by BeigeAthleticGhost, at 16:09 24 Apr

        "Your dream is over Perez, and the nightmare you have created from your years of greed and over-spending are about become a reality."BeigeAthleticGhost replied: *to122187

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      Comment posted by ivor, at 16:04 24 Apr

      Surely UEFA need to take action against Perez. He has undermined and brought football into disrepute maybe a ban from all football activities across UEFA would be appropriate?97436

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        Reply posted by paulmorris, at 16:29 24 Apr

        "Surely UEFA need to take action against Perez. He has undermined and brought football into disrepute maybe a ban from all football activities across UEFA would be appropriate?"paulmorris replied: Indeed Perez has denounced UEFA, he must face personal sanctions and Teal Madrid banned from Uefs Champions league semi final36131

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      Comment posted by Ash, at 16:04 24 Apr

      I laughed when Perez said “how are Real Madrid supposed to buy Mbappe now?”. There is the reason he wanted the ESL, the deluded old git.90021

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        Reply posted by football, at 16:18 24 Apr

        "I laughed when Perez said “how are Real Madrid supposed to buy Mbappe now?”. There is the reason he wanted the ESL, the deluded old git."football replied: The irony of Boris Johnson explaining why English football clubs were wrong to want to leave an established, successful European set-up on the illusory promise of more riches elsewhere.773350

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      Comment posted by TheMiller, at 16:01 24 Apr

      What a joke of a man Perez is. If football is dying, it’s the likes of him and his greed killing it. Real’s problem is they’ve spent billions in search of glory and made their league thoroughly boring in the process. The solution is to trim their wage and transfer bill, not build a closed shop and send every other club bust. Kick RM out of the UCL please.67113

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      Comment posted by Stephen Goodchild, at 16:03 24 Apr

      Florentino Perez is just clutching at straws. Without the European Super League Real Madrid are effectively bankrupt. No more Galacticos!!65814

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      Comment posted by Peace be with you, at 16:12 24 Apr

      My worry, is that all this is acting as perfect cover for UEFA to bring in their expanded Champions League without anyone complaining. That will surely lead to a European League anyway. Are we all being taken for fools?5577

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        Reply posted by KING NEYMAR da Silva Santos Junior, at 16:14 24 Apr

        "My worry, is that all this is acting as perfect cover for UEFA to bring in their expanded Champions League without anyone complaining. That will surely lead to a European League anyway. Are we all being taken for fools?"KING NEYMAR da Silva Santos Junior replied: Totally agree. For UEFA to make that decision during the super league spout is shameful. The lesser of two evils!2088

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      Comment posted by Irate Caterpillar, at 16:14 24 Apr

      When he says ‘to save football’ of course what he really means is to save his own club from financial ruin as they, and Barcelona are in so much debt. And, if it’s true that JP Morgan have that kind of money spare then, in the current situation, that money could be better used for other more worthwhile projects, on a humanitarian scale, not for football.49927

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        Reply posted by bp24, at 16:21 24 Apr

        "When he says ‘to save football’ of course what he really means is to save his own club from financial ruin as they, and Barcelona are in so much debt. And, if it’s true that JP Morgan have that kind of money spare then, in the current situation, that money could be better used for other more worthwhile projects, on a humanitarian scale, not for football."bp24 replied: Trying to understand why someone has given you a thumbs down. Obviously Perez is logged into HYS. Perhaps he’ll listen to what people are saying but I doubt it.16025

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      Comment posted by Tombo, at 16:02 24 Apr

      That man does not care about fans or football, only greed.3259

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        Reply posted by KLOPP OUT, at 16:43 24 Apr

        "That man does not care about fans or football, only greed."KLOPP OUT replied: Only smaller clubs don’t want The Super League.

        Highlight of your year is the invitation to Annfield.20503

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      Comment posted by aldojani76, at 16:01 24 Apr

      The ramblings of a mad man whose own clubs survival is very much dependent on the ESL. That 1 billion slate of debt is going to take come clearing.3118

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      Comment posted by golfghost, at 16:03 24 Apr

      Club president? He acts more like a bond villain2865

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        Reply posted by Andrew, at 16:44 24 Apr

        "Club president? He acts more like a bond villain"Andrew replied: Bond villians have a kind of charm. This man lacks any.2463

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      Comment posted by ypcress_fyle, at 16:10 24 Apr

      The Americans have been terrified ever since the upstart Leicester City dared to win the PL. They do not want to that happen again.25811

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        Reply posted by bigwats99, at 16:12 24 Apr

        "The Americans have been terrified ever since the upstart Leicester City dared to win the PL. They do not want to that happen again."bigwats99 replied: What Americans ?18146

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      Comment posted by Rugbyfan, at 16:03 24 Apr

      Say’s it all when Perez says and I quote “What we have done is taken a few weeks to reflect in light of the fury of certain people who don’t want to lose their privileges and have manipulated the project.”

      So true fans of football don’t have an opinion ! What a…..2505

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        Reply posted by Whale of Iz, at 16:18 24 Apr

        "Say’s it all when Perez says and I quote “What we have done is taken a few weeks to reflect in light of the fury of certain people who don’t want to lose their privileges and have manipulated the project.” So true fans of football don’t have an opinion ! What a….."Whale of Iz replied: Unless the state bails them out again, Real will not be in a position to compete in the transfer market, Perez knows that, and it is what he fears. I think I read elsewhere that RM and Barca would receive the greatest financial benefits from the ESL, so the whole exercise would seem to be about saving 2 clubs who have lived beyond their means for years, that is what he means by “saving football”.3403

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      Comment posted by MrBBCisthisnameallowed, at 16:04 24 Apr

      Has the old Sepp Blatter I am God and untouchable syndrome. We know what happened there!2360

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        Reply posted by duo-diver, at 16:34 24 Apr

        "Has the old Sepp Blatter I am God and untouchable syndrome. We know what happened there!"duo-diver replied: You have to wonder if dear old Sepp and Mr Platini have their fingers there somewhere…….1214

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      Comment posted by DaveP, at 16:04 24 Apr

      Coming UEFA ban Real Madrid from all European competitions1676

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        Reply posted by DaveP, at 16:07 24 Apr

        "Coming UEFA ban Real Madrid from all European competitions"DaveP replied: C’mon not coming 😊3713

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      Comment posted by Wayne Smith , at 16:02 24 Apr

      They’ve already left. Either way, I’m sure any contract of this nature – as with all contracts would have a so called “cooling off period.” It’d never stand up in the courts if Perez tried to force it.15310

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        Reply posted by lounge TV, at 16:10 24 Apr

        "They’ve already left. Either way, I’m sure any contract of this nature – as with all contracts would have a so called “cooling off period.” It’d never stand up in the courts if Perez tried to force it."lounge TV replied: No it wouldn’t- it’s not regulated !495

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      Comment posted by StokeOnTheWater, at 16:00 24 Apr

      Is he as deluded as he sounds ?1454

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        Reply posted by Slowly Walking, at 16:18 24 Apr

        "Is he as deluded as he sounds ?"Slowly Walking replied: Yes he is. he’ll be using the “fake news” line next.945

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      Comment posted by Ed, at 16:03 24 Apr

      Absolute plonker. Real life super villain.1412

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      Comment posted by TardiGrade, at 16:04 24 Apr

      Padded cell for Perez, nutter, which part of there’s not going to be a ESL doesnt he understand?1203

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        Reply posted by Patrick McC, at 16:15 24 Apr

        "Padded cell for Perez, nutter, which part of there’s not going to be a ESL doesnt he understand?"Patrick McC replied: Add Mr Agnelli and Mr Glazer if you dish out blame.761

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      Comment posted by MattySW, at 16:02 24 Apr

      Just one look at the guy and you can tell he’s full of his own self importance1085

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        Reply posted by Neil, at 17:05 24 Apr

        "Just one look at the guy and you can tell he’s full of his own self importance"Neil replied: I don’t know – he looks too much Droopy The Dog for me to take him seriously…501

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      Comment posted by KopOfTheLeague, at 16:02 24 Apr

      Perez says other non-ESL clubs don’t want to lose their privileges?

      Pot calling the kettle black.601

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