Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made a couple of bizarre claims about the protesting Chelsea fans who gathered outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
Eight clubs of the 12 founding clubs, including Chelsea and the other five Premier League clubs, have officially begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the plans for a European Super League (ESL).
The fan protests outside Stamford Bridge, hours before Chelsea’s goalless draw with Brighton on Tuesday, certainly played a big part in forcing these clubs’ to pull out from the ESL.
Chelsea, after all, are the first team to signal their intention to withdraw from the ESL by preparing the documentation, followed by Manchester City not long after, according to reports (BBC).
Real Madrid president and ESL chairman Perez was unsurprisingly unimpressed by the Chelsea fan protests and also came up with a couple of eyebrow-raising comments about the protests.
Speaking to Cadena SER’s El Larguero on Wednesday, Perez said: “Who brought those Chelsea fans to protest?
“There were only 40 Chelsea fans, and I could tell who brought them.
“Just like here someone gave Cadiz jerseys (against Super League).”
According to the BBC, there were around 1000 fans gathered outside the stadium. So Perez’s estimate was only off by 96 percent.
The Real Madrid chief was also referring to the pre-match shirts worn by Cadiz prior to their La Liga match last night — which had a similar message to the shirts that Leeds United and Brighton wore in the Premier League.
But only he knows what Cadiz’s pre-match shirts had to do with a thousand Chelsea fans’ deciding that they had to do something to stop their team joining the ESL.
‘One of the English clubs’ was to blame according to Perez
The 74-year-old claimed there was one English club that started the withdrawals of the eight ESL founding clubs.
“There was someone in the English clubs who did not have much interest,” he explained.
“That started to affect the others. There was fear. One of the English clubs was never really convinced.
‘The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football.
“But there is no other solution than the Super League — or somebody invents something else.”
Considering the reports, the one English club was likely either Chelsea or Manchester City since they were the first two clubs to prepare their documentation to leave the ESL.
As things stand, there are only four clubs; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and AC Milan, who are still committed to the ESL — and Perez insisted that the project might still continue.
“The Super League is not dead, we’ll continue working on this project,” he added.
“Now it’s on stand-by.”