Wednesday April 21, 2021
Billion euros project has collapsed
Super League makers dissolve the “blood pact”
With the establishment of a closed Super League, twelve top clubs startle European football. But a few days later the ghost after massive protests from politics, sport and above all the fan scenes is over again – at least for the time being.
No, they don’t really want the Super League to be buried that soon. Because just because at least six of the founding members of the society, which was highly controversial from the very first moment, pulled out of the collapsing project amidst wild roar, it is far from over. They believed for hours. “Under the current circumstances we will (…) redesign the project,” declared the initiators of the Super League after a nightly crisis meeting.
Even the president of the Italian soccer champions Juventus Turin, Andrea Agnelli, did not want to admit it for a long time, did not give up the plans yet. “There is a blood pact between our clubs, we will carry on,” he said in an interview with the newspaper “La Repubblica” that was held before the crisis meeting. The project still has a 100 percent chance of success. You don’t want to destroy the national leagues.
In the meantime, however, Agnelli has also turned around: After the withdrawal of the six English clubs, the Italian soccer champions Juventus Turin are also giving up the project of a European Super League as competition to the Champions League. When asked whether the project could be implemented despite the exit of the English clubs, Juventus President Andrea Agnelli told Reuters at noon: “To be frank and honest: No, it obviously won’t work.” Agnelli was one of the initiators of the project of a closed league with 20 participants, 15 of which should participate regardless of athletic qualification. He had fought for the Super League until the end.
“Project is no longer running”
The Juve president has now said that he has no regrets and remains convinced that European football needs change. “I remain convinced of the beauty of this project. But I have to admit that this project is no longer running.”
Before that, Manchester City, followed by Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and, most recently, Chelsea FC, canceled their participation in the elite round. But Inter Milan is also on the verge of withdrawing. In the context of the Italian club, it was said that in light of the latest developments, they were no longer interested in the Super League.
Inter Milan also allegedly no longer have any interest in the billion-dollar league. This left AC Milan and Juventus Turin from Italy and Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain. According to international media reports, Barca and Atlético are already thinking of withdrawing. Real Madrid are led by President Florentino Perez. The entrepreneur is the boss of the Super League.
Overall, the ambitious project, which threatened to completely turn the football world off its hinges, had received plenty of criticism from experts, ex-professionals and politicians in the past two days. Above all, however, the fans across Europe went to the barricades to protest against the Super League.