Jose Antonio Camacho, the legendary Real Madrid defender as well as former manager of the club and of the Spanish National team, has come leaping to the defense of Florentino Perez. The Super League projected, headed up by 12 of the biggest clubs in the world, has come under extreme scrutiny. Speaking as part of the AFE, Camacho defended his former employer:
“Florentino Perez has been brave and valiant. Everyone makes him responsible for explaining the Super League, but the responsibility is divided with the eleven other presidents. It seems that all the red flags are charged against Florentino,” Camacho explained.
The former Real Madrid defender argued that the Super League was never a dictatorship nor a totalitarian project. It was meant to be open to discussions and ideas. “ There is one important thing, which is in the communication of the creation of the Super League, that they are going to speak with other organizations. The question then is if a unilateral decision will be made later.”
“UEFA is nobody to say that a player cannot go with their national team because he is part of a ‘Super Club’. It is disrespectful and a grave mistake on his [Ceferin’s] part. It’s not logical that if these 12 clubs signed something and then the next day it was all wrong. In regards to both UEFA and FIFA, they will have to come to understand the larger issues at play and in a few years they will have to change the Champions League again,” Camacho lamented.
It’s still not clear what the future holds for Real Madrid and European football. Florentino Perez continues to push forward with his Super League project despite 75% of the teams already backing out. Clarity should be provided in the coming weeks and months as the current season comes to an end in less than a month’s time.