The League studies changes to “better protect itself” against the Super League

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas.

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas.
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The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, acknowledged that the association of professional football clubs is studying changes to protect itself “as best as possible” from projects such as the failed European Super League, although he recognized that he cannot sanction as the English Premier.

“It is evident that we are working to see what we have to change, not because of a disciplinary issue, to protect ourselves the best possible of competitions that can endanger our national competition and the existence of clubs that do not compete in this Super League “, explained Tebas during the presentation of the ESC Madrid sports complex, together with the NBA and the company T3N.

The Premier League England announced last week a joint fine of 22 million pounds (25.5 million euros) to the six English clubs that supported the project (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United Y Tottenham) and later resigned him, which in Spain supported Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atlético, the latter who later disbanded.

“The Premier has fined them and has also modified their internal regime and if they repeat again they take away 30 points in the competition. They have more competences in the disciplinary field with respect to the clubs than La Liga, we both belong to sports federations. competition to punish the clubs with accuracy, nor is it considered that they have breached any subject of our statutes, “Tebas clarified.

Asked about the possible measures that the Spanish club organization could take, Tebas explained that, since The Super League causes “economic damage” and it will be necessary to “retouch the economic aspect of the competition.” “If audiovisual rights decrease due to the Super League, maybe some parts of the audiovisual distribution would have to change,” he added.

Tebas pointed out that the suspension of the UEFA proceedings against Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Italian Juventus pending a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the preliminary ruling that has been raised by the Commercial Court number 17 of Madrid , “It has not been paralyzed, it has been suspended”, so it will be resumed “when legally the circumstances arise.”

The president of LaLiga insisted that, whether or not UEFA sanction these clubs, “the concept of Superliga is not finished” and from his point of view “we must try to prevent it from happening again.” “I am much more concerned about the position of Infantino (Gianni, FIFA president) and FIFA on what is happening “, added.

During the event, in which the vice president of the NBA for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Chus Bueno, also participated, Tebas was asked about the intention of his organization to play a league competition match in the United States.

“We always think that we have to play in USA and we work for that in all areas, sports and judicial, “said Tebas, who considered that the closed league model with NBA franchises is part of the” American models of closed leagues, “and has” nothing to do with European models of sport in general “.

If you examine the model of American sport, there is a lot of development in university sports, which does not exist in any country in Europe.It is not that it is better or worse, they are absolutely different and cannot be transferred, “he argued.

As for the debut of the Spanish team in the European Championship, with the goalless draw (0-0) against Sweden in Seville this Monday, Tebas responded with irony: “After what I read about yesterday’s game, I think (Álvaro) Morata hasn’t forgotten to score goals”, settled.


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