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Ligue 1: Al-Khelaifi: “Some clubs have a debt of 1.8 billion, this is the danger for football”

ANDThe president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, called for regulations to prevent football clubs from becoming too indebted, since deb


ANDThe president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, called for regulations to prevent football clubs from becoming too indebted, since debt “is a danger.” The president, also of the ECA, once again showed himself against the Super League and left a veiled criticism of the Barcelona for his large debt.

It would be necessary “create rules that protect European football clubs” In order not to enter high levels of debt, the Qatari insisted during his participation in virtual mode in Football Talks, conferences organized at the headquarters of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), in Oeiras (Lisbon).

He remembered that, “In the pandemic, football survived because of the investment that was made” and that, “in the opposite case, he would not have managed to overcome the situation as he did”.

However, he pointed out that “many clubs lost a lot”, which led to them being “deeply in debt”, and pointed out that there are teams that have 1,800 million euros in debt -without giving names-, and “that is a danger” for the sport, he warned. “People stay four or five years as president and then leave the debt and become a disaster for another president. That is what has been happening cycle after cycle. This is what we should look at and worry about because that is what can destroy football. We need rules to protect clubs from debt and disaster,” he added.

Likewise, he recalled that if football does not monopolize investment, it will go to other sports. Even so, he predicted a “bright” football future and invited people to think “outside the box”, to be “more creative” and generate more interest among the population.

defended that “The football ecosystem is much bigger than just two or three clubs” and that “it is very important that people can see that there are no elites.” The Qatari reinforced his rejection of the European Super League and defended the new Champions League formula, which, in his opinion, “is a success.”

He also advocated investing in women’s football, although it was late in giving benefits: “You need to have some patience at the start.” He also acknowledged that “there is a lot to do”, especially in the younger generations to achieve a “very competitive” women’s Champions League.

“You call it Super League. I call it the non-Super League. Football must be developed in a way that respects small, medium and large clubs, and also the fans. It seems that some clubs don’t want the middle clubs to get bigger. They are afraid of the competition.” He insisted when talking about the Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus project.

In the conferences, which began this Monday and will conclude on Tuesday, references from the world of sport will participate, such as the president of UEFA, Alexander Ceferin, former player Luis Figo, and the president of the FPF, Fernando Gomes.