Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is targeting the European Super League by saying that sport should always be ‘meritocratic’ despite his bosses signing up for it, as he also criticizes UEFA for failing to reward clubs properly.
- Inter Milan was one of 12 teams to sign up for a new European Super League
- But head coach Antonio Conte has admitted he was never a plan of the idea
- Conte has also called on UEFA to do more to properly reward clubs
Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte criticized both the proposed Super League and UEFA, stressing that you must earn your right to qualify for competitions, while questioning the use of funds by the governing body of European football.
Serie A leaders Inter, who took a step closer to their first league title in 11 years after a 1-1 draw at Spezia on Wednesday, were one of three Italian clubs to initially sign up for the 12-team breakaway.
The proposal fell apart after an extraordinary few days, with Inter becoming the first Italian side to follow the English Premier League participants in withdrawing from the project.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has criticized the proposed European Super League
Diego Farias celebrates the scoring of Spezia’s first half opener against Inter on Wednesday-evening
Conte did not like the idea that teams in the league would not have to qualify for European competition, but also questioned UEFA, which lobbied against the Super League proposal.
“The Champions League and the Europa League should be played by those who deserve it,” said Conte. First of all, sport must always be meritocratic.
‘But UEFA organizes all competitions and only reserves a small part of the money for the clubs. The clubs must be rewarded in a more appropriate way. UEFA does not invest, the clubs do. ‘
Ivan Perisic reacted for Inter shortly before half-time to earn a point for Conte’s team
The Super League argued that it would increase the revenues of the best football clubs in Europe and allow them to distribute more money over the rest of the game.
However, UEFA, other teams and fan organizations said the competition would only increase the power and wealth of elite clubs, and that the partially closed structure went against the time-honored model of European football.