The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Talk about an about face after a wicked week for European sport.
Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan have also formally pulled out.
“We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have not withdrawn from the ESL, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta agrees with Perez, calling for a new competition to ensure the future of the game.
“We will speak more about it when the time comes but for now we understand there is a need for it, even though our members will have the final say,” Laporta told Catalan network TV3.
“Big clubs contribute a lot of resources and it’s absolutely necessary that we have our say on the distribution of money [in European football].”
Tech giant could bid for Man Utd
Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.
Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.
The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.
Japanese fans help clean up Qatar stadium, in pure class act
In a show of good faith, Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean the stadium
Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean up the Qatar stadium, where they even had their own plastic bags with them.
The supporters of the Samurai Blue are earning praise for cleaning up their mess after the game.
Japan had a stunning win over Germany in their opening match of the FIFA Men’s World Cup.
It’s become a common sight at some stadiums and events in Japan.
It’s a very common sight, according to one Japanese fan, who says the practice is not unusual.
FIFA has also posted an image from the Japanese change rooms after the game, with no mess in sight.
Japan beat Germany 2 – 1 in the match. They will now take on Costa Rica in Group E.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played his last Man Utd game
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave the club with immediate effect.
The two parties mutually agreed to go their separate ways, in the wake of the 37-year-old’s recent interview with Piers Morgan.
In that interview, Ronaldo criticised the manager for not playing him as often and the club for ‘not evolving’ since returning for his second stint.
Ronaldo has not appeared for the Red Devils since picking up an illness in early November.
United are fifth in the Premier League, with the season taking a break for the World Cup in Qatar.
This all comes in the wake of Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, looking for investors after 17 years of ownership.
It has not yet been revealed whether it will be a full or partial sale of the club, or a strategic partnership.
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