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Name Javier Tebas
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2018 08 24 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas rules out the possibility of El Clasico would not be one of the games played abroad] Logistically, playing the Clasico, at least the La Liga Clasico, in somewhere like New York is not viable

2018 11 03 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas says he would consider naming the league’s most valuable player award after Barcelona star Lionel Messi] I believe that Messi will be the greatest player of all time, even if he isn’t already. Messi has been playing since he was a kid and always at the absolute top, top level and he never wavers. It would be a good idea to create a trophy in the future for the best player of that season that has Messi’s name on it

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas says LaLiga add four more ambassadors: Guti, Hierro, Denilson and Lomba] LaLiga is now at its highest level in its 90 years of history. Now everyone watches and listens to us, and this is the path we have to go down to continue growing. We’ve been working on an international expansion since 2013 which has seen us go up in the world

This ambassadorial project has brought many things. They have big influences and put across their values. It’s very important for LaLiga. Thanks to them we have lots of visibility

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas has been re-elected as La Liga president] A new political term is starting, where it is possible there may be laws and directives proposed which affect our institution and our interests. The person who has to do it should do so with the backing of the clubs at least for four years

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[La Liga president Javier Tebas says financial doping is a major problem in football today as he subtly took aim at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain’s spending structure] One of the major issues in European football is related to [financial] doping. Because when we have clubs being financed by states, then that has an impact on salaries. That means in other countries with more strict economic controls like Spain and Germany clubs cannot actually ask the state for extra financing to pay those salaries.

Organisations and institutions have a responsibility to redistribute the wealth that we generate. All of us, the Spanish league, the Premier League, UEFA, FIFA. I don’t think we are helping football in any way if we generate wealth and it just goes straight back to the big clubs. In the end instead of having 12 Ferraris, they have 15. We’re dealing with major clubs generating a huge amount of money. So our aim is to redistribute that wealth

[Tebas additionally fired criticism at the idea of an expanded Club World Cup] Having been re-elected, I am very critical of the Club World Cup. An organisation like FIFA is supposed to be a regulatory body. They draft the different calendars and when we need to play. Sadly, from organising World Cups, they are now talking about Club World Cups and having that every two years. That is not an option because it would change the status quo. This can’t happen. A few weeks ago FIFA was talking about how much would be paid if they went to China. They have been talking about redistribution of revenue but haven’t discussed the impact this would have in different countries. Let’s imagine the two teams from Argentina [who will take part in the Club World Cup]. It’s 40 or 50m from a tournament such as this. This would have an impact on the Argentinian Super League. They haven’t looked at the consequences of these tournaments

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Clasico not under threat as La Liga confirms coronavirus protocols] We haven’t considered the possibility of postponing the Clasico or any other games, but as of Sunday evening we have opened a coronavirus commission within LaLiga to monitor the situation. We have a plan in place for different cities regarding whether we can play behind closed doors or not. That situation has not yet arisen in Madrid and neither has the matter of postponing the Clasico. It’s one thing to postpone a game and another not to play it. We have been looking at the possibility of playing games behind closed doors and, if that is not possible, then we will postpone. If that case arises, we have dates prepared for when we can stage those games. We have presented this plan to UEFA so they can also bear in mind European ties involving Spanish teams. We are working on precaution, not improvisation

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[La Liga president Javier Tebas says he convinced we are going to end the season] I am convinced that we are going to end the season. We are working with other leagues to match dates. In La Liga we have had two positives and we have spent several weeks with an action plan, 95% of the staff are teleworking

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[La Liga president Tebas confident all seasons can be completed by June 30] The fundamental scenario is that mid or late May is the latest starting date to end on June 30. The scenario may also depend on some Champions League games that will be played at the weekend, which could give us some room to start some clubs later, or that we can recover by starting all a little later. We are even working with leagues like the Italian one, which has 14 games left, and the Danish one, which has 15 remaining. The decision of UEFA to postpone the European Championship has served us well to try to finish the competitions.

We made the calendar calculations even before the European Championship was postponed. It was a stage that we knew could be reached and we are working on various start dates. Here you have to work backwards, with what is the last date on which you could play to see the options that may arise. When we start playing there will be full medical guarantees, but that no longer depends on us, it will depend on the governments of the countries. If they guarantee that it can be played, it will be played

That will also depend on the governments of each country. You have to think that we are working with 30 different leagues and it will depend on the health authorities if it is played behind closed doors or under what conditions.

We are not considering any format change for any competition, including the European ones. The mandate that we have is to finish the competitions as they are now. The calendar with which it works is with the competitions in full and in their usual format. The only job that concerns me day and night is to finish the competitions

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Tebas confirms talks over May return for La Liga] If we are looking at the economic impact, including the money we would get from European competitions, the revenue Spanish clubs would miss out on if we don’t get back playing again is €1bn. If we do get playing but without spectators, it would be €300m (£264m/$328m). Even if we get back to playing with spectators, the damage this situation has already caused would be €150m.

[When pressed on the possibility of the campaign been cancelled entirely] No, not mentioned at all at the moment. It is a hypothesis that we do not contemplate. We want to end it, probably behind closed doors. And it is curious, by chance, that the clubs that want to end the season here are the ones from the bottom of the League, the ones that are fighting not to be relegated. I can assure you that no major nor mid-season championships intend to cancel the season, whoever talks about this does so for personal interests

Of all the different scenarios we have been looking at with UEFA to go back to competing, the most probable ones are 28 May, 6 June or 28 June. We can’t say an exact date. This will be given to us by the authorities in Spain. But we still have time to get back to training before that. By the end of the season we would not want to go beyond the month of August, and it is obvious that all this will affect the schedule for the next season

2020 04 07b Retrieve

[Tebas’ stance on Messi marks a dramatic shift from comments he made at the start of the 2019-20 campaign] Yes, of course [I’d like Neymar to return]. With his qualities he’s in the top three players in the world. It would be very important for La Liga if he came again, although it wouldn’t be defining for the Spanish league. The defining thing is that we play 10 months a year, with 20 clubs each playing each other and generating passion and joy each weekend for fans in Spain and across the world. A player like Neymar gives you a following in countries that look out for him, but he’s not an essential element, not even Cristiano Ronaldo was. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is an essential element because he’s the heritage of La Liga.

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[La Liga players should expect coronavirus wage cuts] We are in a moment of exceptional, unpredictable, and enormous-impact crisis. Everyone loses money, it seems normal to me that players’ salaries are also reduced. In Spain we did not find an agreement with the union, our negotiations ran aground yesterday [Monday]. At the moment, eight La Liga clubs [across the first and second divisions] have requested ERTE [Temporary Employment Regulation File], but in the next few days all our teams will activate salary reduction protocols, either through ERTE or with individual agreements with their players. Spanish football does not intend to resort to state aid, we must be economically independent

It will be necessary to alter the contracts of the players that expire on June 30, as well as the various loan agreements. It is not simple, but not so complicated. I think that the players will agree and that the different leagues will find a solution that complies with general regulations. It is clear that the current transfer window dates, from July 1 to September 1, will not be suitable and should be changed, but I can’t say much more. We will have to see the recommendations of FIFA and adjust the market to the current conditions generated by the coronavirus, which are decidedly exceptional

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[La Liga chief executive Javier Tebas believes the potential loss of Messi to his competition would not be a drama] I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections. Serie A’s figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi. I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama. It was said that without Cristiano Ronaldo the league would have lost money, and instead we would have earned it, even in Portugal. Players help but are not essential to a championship

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas admitting that players should expect salary reduction like the general population] We are in a moment of exceptional, unpredictable, and enormous-impact crisis. Everyone loses money, it seems normal to me that players’ salaries are also reduced. In Spain we did not find an agreement with the union, our negotiations ran aground yesterday

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Two former La Liga players among nine found guilty of match-fixing offences] La Liga is happy, not for the convictions of people, but because this is a move forward against corruption in football

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas says Barcelona not in the process of signing Neymar or Lautaro] It’s not true that Barca are currently in negotiation processes in the signing of these two players. They are most focused on when the season can resume as opposed to new acquisitions. There will be swap deals in the short-term future, but transfers are not high on the priority of European clubs at present. They want to limit the damage caused by the halt in activity, but everything is still on hold. No Neymar nor Lautaro, these names are not high on the priority list at present for Barca. The club at present don’t have the capacity to make these signings, at present it’s completely impossible

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[La Liga president critical of decision to end Ligue 1 season] I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas, etc. If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled manner, they could end up disappearing. That could happen to professional football. In other countries, teams are already training, that’s the example to follow. In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[The president of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, is eager for the remaining fixtures to be played out and said after the news of Ligue 1’s cancellation] I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas, etcetera.

If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled manner, they could end up disappearing. That could happen to professional football. In other countries teams are already training, that’s the example to follow

In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[La Liga clubs to return to training after government gives permission following coronavirus outbreak] This crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love. People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart La Liga. Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 2019-20 season this summer

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Ligue 1 was suspended ‘until further notice’ back in April and had been targeting a June 17 resumption date, but those plans were scuppered when French prime minister Edouard Philippe said that ‘big sporting affairs cannot occur before September’] I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line or being on a fishing boat on the high seas

2020 05 07b Retrieve

[The return to training is the beginning of a four-phase process for La Liga to return to action with games to be played behind closed doors for the time being] This crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[IFAB approves use of five substitutes per match once football returns after coronavirus outbreak] Rubiales detailed that more than a month ago the RFEF raised with FIFA the possibility that more changes than usual could be made in the games, given the situation of the players, once the games resumed. The RFEF has decided to propose to the Delegate Commission tomorrow the possibility of making five changes in all national categories, which would also apply to the playoffs designed in the competition resolution proposal. These changes would be limited to three moments, in such a way that time losses will be avoided

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[La Liga president Javier Tebas is hoping the competition can get back underway on June 12] I don’t know. It will depend on the phases. I wish it was June 12. It will depend on the phases. It will depend on the spikes in the virus… the first and the second division will end at the same time. There will be football every day for 35 days

We hope for the return of the competition with almost no infections. If things are done as they should be, there shouldn’t be. If five infected people appear at a club, it would denote some negligence. We are going to be on top [of it]. There is a place where we have no control, which is when the players and coaches go home. They have been given a sheet of what to do

2020 05 18b Retrieve

[La Liga chief Tebas offers congratulations after season restart] I’m very pleased. I have congratulated the CEO of the Bundesliga. They have done a very important job and I am very proud. It is the example to follow

It will be determined by the health authorities. I want it to be as soon as possible. We are working for the resumption from June 12. I hope it is also on Mondays and that there is sensitivity on the part of the federation. The fans’ problem no longer exists in this situation

The players have to be focused. Each new phase allows you to be with more people and you have to be careful. With the security measure we have, it is practically impossible for there to be a contagion in training

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Javier Tebas, who is aiming for a June 12 restart] The start of the next phase in LaLiga’s Return to Training protocol is another step towards the restarting of the competition. It will be good to be able to set all training routines on an equal footing. It’s very important that every club have the same chance to be in good shape. It’s not essential, but it’s very important and we’re grateful that it will be like that

[Tebas thinks football can be played every day once La Liga returns in order to finish the season] That is what I hope. We shouldn’t have any problems playing on Mondays across the eleven rounds of matches we have left to play. I hope for some sense from the Royal Spanish Football Federation on this. It’s very important for us to be able to give both our national and international broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible.

[He also welcomed the return of Bundesliga action at the weekend] I’m very happy, and I’ve congratulated them because they’ve taken a very important step. We’ve worked hard on this together over the past months, we’ve exchanged protocols, ideas, we spoke once or twice every week. I’m very proud of the Bundesliga. It wasn’t easy; they were the first to get up and running and they’re an example to follow

2020 05 18b Retrieve

[Though Spain has been much worse affected by the coronavirus than Germany, president Tebas has praised the example of the Bundesliga in showing that football can return] I’m very pleased. I have congratulated the CEO of the Bundesliga. They have done a very important job and I am very proud. It is the example to follow. [La Liga’s return] will be determined by the health authorities. I want it to be as soon as possible. We are working for the resumption from June 12

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[La Liga boss Javier Tebas has welcomed the return to training as he sets his sights on restarting the competition with games potentially played every day] We shouldn’t have any problems playing on Mondays across the 11 rounds of matches we have left to play. I hope for some sense from the Royal Spanish Football Federation on this. It’s very important for us to be able to give both our national and international broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[La Liga to return from June 8 after Spanish government gives green light for football to restart] We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches. CSD [National Sports Council] and agents were involved. But it is very important to follow the sanitary precautions and respect the evolution of the pandemic, we cannot lower our guard

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[La Liga cleared to restart from June 8] We are very happy for the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, technicians, CSD (National Sports Council) and agents involved. But we cannot lower our guard, it is important to follow health regulations and ensure the pandemic doesn’t come back. That’s what I hope. We shouldn’t have any problems playing on Mondays across the eleven rounds of matches we have left to play

I hope for some sense from the Spanish Football Federation on this, because it’s very important for us to be able to give both our national and international broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible

2020 05 24b Retrieve

[La Liga president Javier Tebas is hoping to resume the 2019-20 season on Thursday, June 11 with the Seville derby] There is the possibility that there will be a match on the 11th [of June], which would be a unique match, with a possible tribute for all the deceased. I wish that date could be confirmed. We would like it to be the Seville derby, at 10 at night. Our idea is to be able to confirm the [dates for the] first four matchdays this [coming] week. The hours will depend on where the game is played, it will always be taken into account. During the week, the schedules will be late. On weekends, there will be three schedules. The issue of the media also remains to be seen. Everyone wants to be in the stadiums, but that is going to be impossible. We have to work out that regulation. We have to look out for everyone’s safety. We will establish the norms, but they surely will not satisfy everyone.

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes a derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will mark the return of the Spanish top flight on June 11] Our aim is to be able to announce the first four rounds of fixtures next week. There is a possibility that there is a game on June 11, which would be the only match that night and perhaps there will be a tribute to all the people who have died (from the virus). I hope that date can be confirmed and we would like the game to be the Seville derby, kicking off at 10pm

[Argentine trio Ever Banega, Lucas Ocampos and Franco Vazquez as well as Dutch striker Luuk de Jong were pictured at a party alongside eight other people over the weekend] Players are an example to society and should be careful with their actions. I call on all footballers to not act like this. We have to be very careful because a lot of people’s jobs are at stake. Safety is guaranteed at training grounds and matches but I’m worried about other places and parties like this. We should all be very cautious

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Tebas wants La Liga 2020-21 to start on September 12] We’ll start, God willing, on June 11. Let’s hope Madrid and Barcelona go to Phase Two. There are more than 130 people at La Liga working so that everything can be done, in a new way: travelling, organisation, everything. We’re prepared and the important thing will be the day we finish the competition. The next will start on September 12

It’s important that the disaster of the pandemic does not generate an economic disaster afterwards. This is a study to see who believes in the sports industry and who doesn’t. It will be important to see who our allies are. Returning does not mean we are not going to lose millions. Our clubs will lose at least €700m and that will have to be recovered. In that push, it will be good to see who has believed in the industry from the start.

Tonight, we will have tests so that, at an audiovisual level, the viewer can choose two images: the real one, and the one with the fans and virtual sound. In the Bundesliga, they’ve chosen virtual sound with great success and we’re working on providing that option. We want to give the fans the alternatives: silence, or virtual stands

2020 05 29b Retrieve

[La Liga Chairman Javier Tebas says Spain’s top football divisions will resume on June 11] We’ll restart, if God allows, on June 11. We’ll start next season on Sept. 12. We’re prepared and the important thing will be the day we finish the league

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[La Liga confirm schedule for remainder of the season] Supporters in the stands make football complete but now, due to reasons beyond their control, they won’t be able to be there. We have created this initiative to help fans be a part of La Liga’s return and also as an opportunity for them to show their support for the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want them to feel close to their team, even if they cannot be in the stadiums cheering them on, and for players to feel the support of their fans

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[La Liga chief Javier Tebas is looking forward to the resumption of activities in the Spanish top-flight, but he had stern words for the players who have been caught flouting coronavirus lockdown and distancing rules] We hope we don’t have to reach that extreme, but if players cannot stop going to barbecues or parties, we will not have a choice. We have shown trust in the players, so please pay back that trust and do not break it. Breaking the rules does not only damage La Liga, but people’s health in general. If we can get 10% or 15% [of the capacity], we would be happy. The pandemic is on a sharp decline. The return to stadiums would have to be coordinated by the ministry for health and the Sports Council, and it is obviously not going to be the whole stadium. If we can get 10%, 15% this season we would be very happy. It would be part of that ‘normality’; it is important that fans start to return