Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa said on Monday that the club rejected the idea, despite receiving “informal contacts” about joining the European Super League project. Porto is not one of the 12 founding clubs of the controversial competition, which threatens to change the entire system of European football. The statement issued by the separatist clubs said there was still room for three more permanent members to join, but Pinto da Costa says Porto, a two-time European champion who last won the Champions League in 2004, will not be one of them.
On the club’s official website on Monday, Pinto da Costa said, “There have been informal contacts with some clubs, but we have not paid too much attention to two reasons.”
“The first is that the European Union does not allow competitions in closed shops like the NBA, for example. As the Portuguese Football Federation is also against it and as part of UEFA, we cannot participate in anything that goes against the principles and rules of the European Union and UEFA.”
“If it goes ahead, which I am very skeptical of, it will not be the end of UEFA and they will definitely continue the competitions. It should be acknowledged that the contests organized by UEFA are official contests,” said Porto president on Super League.
“We are not worried about being in or out, we are in the Champions League and we hope to persist for many years to come.”
The 12 clubs registered are Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan.
In a joint statement with the leagues and associations of England, Spain, and Italy on Sunday, UEFA said that participating players and clubs would be banned from “any other competition at the national, European or global level”.
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