Andrea Agnelli, president of Juve and one of the main instigators of the Super League, gave an interview to Corriere Dello Sport and Repubblica on Tuesday … just before the project was shattered.
The interviews, published this Wednesday morning in the columns of Corriere Dello Sport and Repubblica, should have been an event. Instead, the words of Andre Agnelli, president of Juve and one of the main spearheads of the Super League, already appear obsolete in view of the madness that gripped the football world on Tuesday night. Within hours, the six English clubs (Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea) announced their withdrawal from this controversial competition. Wednesday morning, it was Inter Milan’s turn to make it clear that he will dissociate himself from the project.
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However, in his interviews given before the shattering announcements of the English clubs, Andrea Agnelli left no room for doubt. “There is a blood pact between our clubs. We continue. Can the project still work? Yes, it has a 100% chance of success”, proclaimed the boss of Juve to Repubblica, while the first doubts about the motivation of some founding members of the Super League was emerging. He also said he was open to dialogue with FIFA and UEFA: “If they make a proposal to us, we will assess.”
“Football is not a game but an industrial sector”
Andrea Agnelli also detailed the reasons that he believes make the Super League a competition that football needs. “The youngest want to see big events. Creating a competition that simulates what they do on digital platforms – like Fifa – means getting closer to them and facing the Fortnite or Call Of Duty competitions which are their centers of ‘interests.”
“Football is no longer a game but an industrial sector and we need stability,” also pleaded the former president of the European Club Association (ECA) to Corrierre Dello Sport. “Today, the game that is worth the most is not the C1 final but the play-off for the Premier League. It’s not stability.” To the question “How did the Juventus players react to the announcement of the Super League?” Andrea Angelli is adamant: “They asked me when it started.”
Following the withdrawal of English clubs, the Super League issued a statement Wednesday morning to affirm its willingness to “reshape” its project. “The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football must be changed. We are proposing a new European competition because the current system does not work. Our proposal aims to allow this sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the entire football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties faced by the entire football community. ” The soap opera is far from over.