The Spanish League boss has warned that the split from the Super League split remains a threat to European football, with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus still refusing to give up the plan.
“It’s not true that the Super League is dead because the concept is still alive,” said Javier Tebas, president of the League, which heads the first two Spanish divisions, at a meeting of the European Leagues, a body that represents more of 30 competitions, Thursday.
He indicated that the idea was not new and was still a goal for some clubs.
Tebas also attacked Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, the world football government, over discussions with clubs over the proposal before the announcement of the Super League of April.
“As soon as he finished the meeting with these clubs, the first thing he had to do was call the president of Uefa, and all the leagues that would be influenced by him. He should not have kept it a secret,” Tebas said. .
Infantino denied his concerns over discussions with the clubs, saying “it does not mean that FIFA was behind, colluding or conspiring with any Super League project”.
Nine of the 12 clubs that have signed to the separate Super League – six of them English, including Manchester United and Liverpool – quickly refused from the proposal after a fierce reaction from organizations, politicians and fans.
But Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus of Italy remain committed to the Super League. Uefa, the governing body of European football, has this week initiated disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs, citing a “potential violation” of its legal framework.
The sanctions considered include a two-year ban from the Champions League, the highest club competition in Europe. Real Madrid has won the tournament a record 13 times, while Barcelona has won the trophy on five occasions. Juventus has two titles to their name.
Asked about the impact of such a ban, Tebas noted that AC Milan and Manchester United, respectively seven and three-time winners, had ceased to qualify each season.
“The competition continued without them,” he said. “Obviously, we would all like to see Real Madrid and Barcelona play in European competitions every season but the facts are done.”
The League has considered rule changes to prevent separate leagues, according to a person close to the organization. The English Premier League has already introduced such changes.
Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, told the meeting that a “rebalancing” of European football was needed which should embrace its governance model.
Tebas also criticized the proposals made this month by Saudi Arabia to hold the FIFA World Cup, the largest football tournament for national teams, biennially instead of once every four years, arguing that such a move would create more games and create planning problems.
The Saudi Football Federation, which has made inquiries about World Cup tournaments for men and women, has asked FIFA to study its proposal.
“We have to defend our rights,” Tebas said.