Nasser Al-Khelaifi comes out of the silence. Absent from the Super League project unveiled in recent days and supported by a dozen major European houses, PSG reaffirms, through the voice of its president, its support for UEFA on Tuesday. And this while not failing to criticize the attitude of the rebellious teams. “There is a clear need to evolve the existing UEFA competition model, and the proposal presented yesterday (Monday) by UEFA, which concludes 24 months of in-depth consultation of the entire European football landscape, goes into this meaning, says the Qatari boss of PSG. We believe that any proposal without the support of UEFA - an organization whichhas been striving to advance the interests of European football for almost 70 years - does not solve the problems the football community is currently facing, but instead is motivated by personal interests. Paris Saint-Germain will continue to work with UEFA, the European Club Association and all stakeholders in European football based on the principles of good faith, dignity and respect for everyone. ”
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The Parisian motivations behind this firm stance, which may seem surprising from the outset?
They are undoubtedly multiple.
Politics may have something to do with it.
“NAK” arises in any case as defenders of the values of football.
“Paris Saint-Germain firmly believes that football is a sport for everyone.
I have been consistent on this point from the very beginning.
It should be remembered that as a football club, we are a family and a community, whose heart is made up of our supporters.
We must remember it, ”he insists.
Recall that Bayern Munich - reigning European champion - and Borussia Dortmund are on the same line as PSG in this matter.
Hand in hand with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
It remains to be seen whether PSG could withstand the sirens of the Super League, if the project actually saw the light of day. One might think so, knowing that Nasser Al-Khelaifi was re-elected on Tuesday to the UEFA Executive Committee as representative of the European Club Association (ECA) for a new three-year term. He will be accompanied in this mission of club ambassador by the one who will be the boss of FC Bayern until the end of the year, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Recall that the latter will see Oliver Kahn succeed him. In recent hours, it has been said here and there that "NAK" had refused to succeed the president of Juventus, Andrea Agnelli, as president of the ECA. “I am honored by the confidence placed in me by my colleagues from the ECA to represent them on the UEFA Executive Committee.European football is at a pivotal moment, in which all stakeholders must work together, in good faith, to protect this sport that we all love ”, declared Mr. Al-Khelaïfi at the end of the 45th Ordinary Congress of the 'UEFA in Montreux, Switzerland. When you remember that Paris Saint-Germain have often been ostracized from European football in recent years for their haphazard respect for financial fair play, the tumble is spectacular.for its haphazard respect for financial fair play, the tumble is spectacular.for its haphazard respect for financial fair play, the tumble is spectacular.
PSG: careful, Pochettino does not get wet on the Super League and focuses on "the game"
It was a sea serpent for many months, it is now (almost) a reality: 12 European clubs are planning to create a Super League in order to compete with the Champions League. PSG is not one of them. Mauricio Pochettino, he wants to be cautious. “With all the precaution, the prudence it takes to express an opinion when we do not have all the information on the subject, we see that a group of clubs is trying to create a new competition and that UEFA tries to modify, improve, the Champions League, notes the Parisian coach, in a press conference. We will see what happens in the days, weeks and months to come and we will be able to express an opinion at that time. The staff, the players, at this time of the year when we are in three competitions (L1, CdF, C1), we must focus on the game.This is where we have to put all our energy to give what we have to give. " Next meeting for Pochettino and his players? Wednesday, at 6:45 p.m., with a quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, against Angers. The Red and Blue will then face Metz on Saturday (5 p.m.) in L1, before meeting Manchester City, one of the rebellious clubs, in the semi-finals of the Champions League next Wednesday (9 p.m.).
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