The chairman of the newly-founded European Super League, Florentino Perez, has refused to rule out the prospect of shortening the length of professional football matches.
The Real Madrid president made the claim during an explosive interview with El Chiringuito on Monday evening, after it was announced that 12 big-name European clubs had founded the European Super League.
They have joined Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus in signing up for the new mid-week competition, which has been greeted with widespread anger, fury and condemnation from supporters, clubs and pundits.
However, despite the backlash and anger it has caused, Perez has vowed that the Super League will come into fruition, insisting it is needed for the greater good of the game.
But during an explosive interview, the Real Madrid chief revealed that he felt reducing 90-minute matches could be a possibility to explore, ensuring young people remain interested and hooked to the sport.
As well as that, he also reiterated that those involved will “not back down” if they cannot find an agreement with UEFA, who are furious with what has happened.
“If young people say football matches are too long, maybe it’s because that match isn’t too interesting or maybe we have to shorten the length of matches,” Perez told El Chiringuito.
“There could be a second division of Super League, for example.
“If we can’t find an agreement with UEFA, we will not back down. If they want to wait for 2024 to make the reform, they can wait.
“We’re not waiting for anyone because we need the Super League.”
On Monday, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that the players who get themselves involved in the Super League would be banned from playing for their respective international teams. But despite that stark warning from UEFA’s top voice, Perez does not appear fazed, insisting it would not happen.
Perez added: “Players banned from international competitions and national teams according to UEFA?
“Don’t worry, this will not happen. They won’t be banned if they join the Super League.”
He also confirmed that those who join the Super League would not be banned from playing in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A or the UEFA Champions League.
He added: “Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea, and the other clubs of the Super League, will not be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues, 100 per cent.
“I’m sure. Impossible.”