Inter manager Antonio Conte hit out at both the proposed European Super League and UEFA, insisting that teams must earn the right to qualify for the tournament, and also questioned the use of funds by football's governing body.
The Serie A giants were one of the 12 founding members of the ESL, but following the breakdown of the proposal, were the first Italian side to follow Premier League participants in withdrawing from the league.
He admitted that he did not appreciate the proposal, but also raised questions at UEFA, who opposed the creation of the new league.
"The Champions League and the Europa League must be played by those who deserve it," Conte said.
He added, "First of all, sport must always be meritocratic. But UEFA organises all the competitions and reserves only a small part of the money to the clubs. The clubs must be rewarded more appropriately. UEFA does not invest anything, the clubs, yes. UEFA take all the TV rights but they only reserve a small part of it for all the participating clubs. They need to reflect on this: the clubs provide the players who get squeezed like lemons but then it’s the clubs who lose out."
Speaking about the imbalance in incoming distribution by UEFA, Conte stated, “UEFA need to think about the fact that clubs deserve to be rewarded in a more appropriate way, because it’s the clubs who invest on players, coaches and so on. If you take in €10 million and only give €3 million to clubs, for instance, that’s not right. It’s the clubs who put the money in so I think the distribution must be changed.”
Meanwhile, Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici defended the Super League project as "a unique opportunity to try to lend a hand to the whole football pyramid".
After Juventus' 3-1 win over Parma, Paratici said, "It was the same when we changed our logo. In the beginning, it wasn't perceived well. It takes time to metabolise. These 72 hours were unique, we remain convinced of the goodness of the idea, of the project."