Conte says UEFA needs to change as Italian teams give up on Super League


April 22, 2021, 1:39 p.m.

Conte said that while sport should always be based on “meritocracy” and “traditions”, he believed the system of distribution of rights by the sport’s governing bodies needs to evolve. “The voices and the concerns of fans around the world have clearly been expressed about the Super League, and AC Milan must be sensitive to the voice of those who love this wonderful sport,” said the seven-time European champions. “Only a small part is given to clubs participating in competitions,” said the former Chelsea and Juventus coach after the Serie A leaders were held 1-1 in their midweek league game against Spezia. Juve chief football officer Fabio Paratici defended the project as “a unique opportunity to try to lend a hand to the whole football pyramid”. “(Juventus) believe that at present there are limited chances that the project be completed in the form originally conceived,” the Turin club said. The club, owned by US-investment fund Elliot, added: “Change is not always easy, but evolution is necessary for progress, and the structures of European football have evolved and changed over the decades. “Inter believes that football, like every sector of activity, must have an interest in constantly improving its competitions, to keep on exciting fans of all ages around the world, within a framework of financial sustainability. It takes time to metabolise,” he said after the team’s 3-1 league win over Parma on Wednesday. AFP)Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, whose club were among 12 involved in the failed European Super League project, believes UEFA needs to consider a possible better distribution of revenues. “I want to make it clear that I have never been involved in discussions, I learned it on Sunday night like you did,” said Maldini. They added that they were “convinced of the soundness of the project’s sport, commercial and legal premises”.

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