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"Florentino Pérez complains then offers €180 million for Kylian Mbappé"

Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, doubled down on his attacks towards Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the instigators of the Super League.

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"Florentino Pérez complains then offers €180 million for Kylian Mbappé"
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin doubled down on his attacks on the three clubs behind the Super League, saying he would not mind if Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus left the continent’s governing body and describing their respective owners as ‘incompetent’.

Real Madrid, Barça and Juve get Ceferin backlash

"I wouldn't mind if they left,” Ceferin admitted about the three giants of European club football in an interview with Der Spiegel. “It's funny that they want to create a new competition and at the same time want to play in the Champions League this season.”

And in reference to the three clubs responsible for setting up a European Super League - a project that they feel is still very much on the table - he pointed directly at those who run them.

“These people tried to kill football with their incompetent directors,” he stated before focusing in on a recent absurdity in his view.

“Florentino Pérez complains, saying his club can only survive with the Super League, and then offers 180 million euros to sign Kylian Mbappé.”

The clubs’ unfounded complaint, says Ceferin, is that salaries are too high despite the fact that they themselves have negotiated all their player contracts.

Furthermore, Ceferin claims he was threatened by a Super League adviser on the phone, with that person suggesting the competition be organised by UEFA. When he rejected the idea he was told that the clubs concerned had a lot of money and influence and would sue him if he didn't give in.

Ceferin wants competitive balance

The UEFA president is proposing some reforms to Financial Fair Play in which a compulsory fine would be imposed on clubs that exceed a certain limit on spending. The revenue from those payments would then be shared among the other clubs.

"In the future we want to talk about ‘competitive balance’ rather than ‘fair play’,” he said.

And all this while he’s also fighting a battle with FIFA over player availability for World Cup games during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.