European Super League collapsed on Tuesday night following withdrawal of all six English Premier League sides.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European Super League is not “dead” despite the competition collapsing just 48 hours after it was announced amid fan protests.
On Sunday, 12 European soccer clubs—the English Premier League’s ‘Big Six’; Spain’s Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona; and Italy’s Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan—confirmed they were planning to launch a new midweek European competition.
The plans began to crumble on Tuesday, when English teams Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew following a backlash from fans, the Premier League, and European soccer’s governing body UEFA.
Italian powerhouses Inter Milan and AC Milan also withdrew on Wednesday, but Perez—who was due to be the chairman of the league—remains positive, telling Spanish radio: “If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely.
“We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge. The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.”