By Simon Evans and Elvira Pollina
MILAN (Reuters) – Breakaway European Super League founder and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli called for time for the project on Wednesday after six English clubs pulled out and he blamed the main involvement The valedictorian causes the downfall of the tournament.
Europe’s top twelve football clubs from England, Italy and Spain announced the league secession on Sunday but after 48 hours of fierce criticism from fans and politicians, six sentences British tribes withdrew on Tuesday.
When asked if the project can continue on after its departure, Agnelli told Reuters: “Honestly, no, obviously not.”
Agnelli said he still believes European football needs change and he has no regrets about how the separatist attempt was made.
“I’m still convinced of the beauty of that project,” said Agnelli, saying it would produce the best competition in the world. “But admittedly… I mean, I don’t think that project is still working right now.”
Agnelli said other clubs were ready to join the new European league before the English side left.
“I wouldn’t say how many clubs contacted me in just 24 hours to ask if they could join,” he said and declined to name them. “Maybe they lied, but I was contacted by several teams asking what they could do to get involved.”
Agnelli said he felt the intervention of the British government, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatening the law to prevent secession, prompted British clubs to withdraw.
“I have speculated to that extent that if six teams disbanded and threatened the EPL (Premier League), politics would see it as an attack on Brexit and their political plans,” he said.
When asked if he regrets the way separatism has been carried out – which was heavily criticized by his former ally UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin – Agnelli mentioned the nature of the football business.
“If you tell me other methods of assembling such projects … if you ask for someone else’s authorization, I don’t think you would do a project like this.
“The relationships there, I’ve seen relationships change over time, some people I’m pretty sure everyone will open up and talk to,” he said.
“I don’t think our industry as a whole is a particularly sincere, trustworthy or trustworthy industry.”
Fusion Media or anyone associated with Fusion Media will not be liable in any way for loss or damage resulting from dependence on information including data, quotes, charts and buy / sell signals contained in the this site. Please be fully informed about the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, which is one of the riskiest investments possible.