The battle for power in football is well underway, with big clubs, UEFA and league competitions all competing to increase their share. The campaigning for their own particular beneficial shift, in the case of Real Madrid the Superleague, continued on Sunday.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez dedicated a significant portion of his hour-long speech at the club’s General Assembly to the Superleague, explaining to members why they must push ahead with the project, which currently has just Barcelona and Juventus linked to it.
He also included a shot at the domestic competition, as referenced by Marca.
“How can La Liga celebrate the sale of their product at the same price as four years ago as a success, when we are in the context of inflation? The loss of members paying subscriptions, it has fallen by 40% and the solution is… Increase the prices. Make it more expensive for those that remain.”
It did not take long for Tebas to respond on his Twitter account.
“He is confusing apples with pears comparing other cultures and other sports. His analysis of data and markets is that of a punter in the pub. FP [Florentino Perez], don’t protect us!”
Dice FP (sic): "el RM tiene la responsabilidad de proteger al fútbol ante cientos de millones de aficionados"
Luego confunde peras con manzanas comparando otras culturas (NFL) y deportes (Federer/Nadal). Su análisis de datos y mercado es de barra de bar. FP ¡no nos protejas!🙏 pic.twitter.com/pYttc2SmnM
— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) October 2, 2022
This is just the latest in a series of clashes between the two, who stand in opposition based on their approaches to the future of Spanish football.
La Historia reconocerá a FP como uno de los mejores gestores de club , pero ser un gran gestor de club no implica ser un gran gestor de competiciones. Desde el desconocimiento FP lanza proclamas que pueden "matar"al resto de clubes, incluso al @realmadrid.https://t.co/6eWF7ma24L
— Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) October 1, 2022
While that opposition is understandable, it is damaging to Spanish football, which is trying to shorten the financial gap to the Premier League, to have the league itself in a battle with the two biggest clubs in that league.
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