Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has spoken out about the European Super League project. ‘The current model is not sustainable’, Marotta said, in explanation of why they wanted a breakaway league.
“They say that the one who wins is not the one who spends the most, because next to the money that rules everything, there must be professionals,” said Marotta to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“An example in Italy is Atalanta. They compete at a very high level and don’t spend too much,” he said in praise. “The management’s duty is to mix things up while maintaining the club’s assets.”
“The right thing to do at the moment is to cut costs. Significant sums are being spent on wages, this level cannot be maintained at the moment. This is something we have to work on.”
Players Help Inter’s Financial Situation
According to several sources in Italy, Inter players will turn down the bonuses they get for winning titles. They will do so in order to not worsen, and instead lighten, the club’s financial difficulties.
Inter, like any other European club, has been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.
Empty stands and lower transfer revenues cannot balance, for a year now, the expense of wages and management and bio-bubbles.
So, owners Suning are looking for appropriate partners who can help them financially support the club.
Thus, in July and August, Inter players decided to delay the payment of salaries, according to CEO Beppe Marotta.
“[They did so] to support the club in this crucial time for football,” the Nerazzurri’s director claimed in November.
And now, according to FCInter1908 and Calciomercato.com, the Nerazzurri players will financially support the club in yet another way.
According to reports, even if they win the Scudetto this season, they would sacrifice their title-winning bonuses to sustain Inter.
The Current Model Is Not Sustainable – Marotta
The Inter chief explained the need for the failed breakaway league that they withdrew from.
“The Super League was born out of the fears of club owners because the current model is not sustainable,” Marotta said. “We all remember how the owners were covering deficits. This is hitting the business model. Milan alone has two clubs that are owned by companies from other countries.”
“The Super League came about largely because of the anxiety that was generated by the current system,” he reasoned
He admitted that they went about it wrong, though: “The tournament came about a bit at the wrong time and was created a bit by the wrong methods, but there are lessons to be learnt from this situation.”
“Football must change or it will default,” he said, however.