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European Super League: Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli says project cannot proceed

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Chelsea legend Petr Cech pleaded with fans to disperse outside the groundChelsea fans protested against their involvement in the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge

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Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli says the European Super League (ESL) project cannot proceed as Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid joined the six Premier League clubs in withdrawing.

Agnelli was one of the chief architects of the breakaway plans, which involved 12 clubs from England, Spain and Italy.

But with eight of the 12 teams pulling out, he accepts it cannot now go ahead.

"To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case," said Agnelli, on whether the ESL could still happen.

"I remain convinced of the beauty of that project, of the value that it would have developed to the pyramid, of the creation of the best competition in the world, but evidently no. I don't think that project is now still up and running."

Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan announced their withdrawal on Wednesday morning.

The Juventus chairman was described as a "snake and a liar" by Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin on Monday after the announcement of the breakaway plans on Sunday evening.

Agnelli resigned his position as chairman of the European Clubs' Association on Sunday and refused to take calls from Ceferin.

All six English clubs leave Super LeagueHow football's volatile 48 hours unfolded

The six Premier League clubs involved all withdrew within hours of each other on Tuesday following a furious backlash against the plans.

Manchester City were the first club to pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw.

The other four sides – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – then followed suit late on Tuesday evening.

In announcing their withdrawal on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid said "harmony is essential" between the club and the fans, and added that the first-team squad and coach Diego Simeone had backed their decision because "sporting merits must prevail over any other criteria".

In their statement, Serie A side Inter Milan said they were "committed to giving fans the best football experience", adding: "Our engagement with all stakeholders to improve the football industry will never change."

'Owners of big six must beg for forgiveness'Super League unravels; Woodward to resign – how dramatic evening unfolded

The 12-team Super League, which also included Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy's AC Milan and Juventus was announced on Sunday to widespread condemnation.

"Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations," the ESL said earlier on Wednesday, adding it was "convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change".

"Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is insisting on the idea of keeping the group together to push for change," says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

"Barcelona say they agreed to the ESL, but only if the season ticket holders' assembly approve it, which could be their way out."

A graphic showing the badges of the 12 teams involved in the European Super League

'I've let you down' – Liverpool owner Henry

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Liverpool owner John W Henry apologised to the club's supporters for the "disruption" caused by the proposals.

American Henry took sole responsibility for the "unnecessary negativity", saying: "In this endeavour I've let you down.

"The project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans."

The League Managers' Association (LMA) welcomed the decision of the clubs to withdraw, saying: "There is no place in our game for clandestine collusion, driven by opportunism, with such a blatant disregard for the history and integrity of our game."

The LMA also called for a club licensing system that sets out a "clear and unified governance structure, with consistent game-wide checks and balances".

"The future of football should be one that upholds the values of integrity and transparency. Owners, and those responsible for the direction of the game, must be more connected to, and significantly more accountable to the game itself," it added.

Ceferin also welcomed the reversal by the clubs, saying: "I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake.

"But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.

"The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together."

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Comment posted by Wim B, today at 11:33Wim B

11:33Big respect to how the Germans handled this. We need to learn from their structure and safeguard all clubs from greedy selfish owners31618G

Reply posted by Gareth Poole, today at 11:38Gareth Poole

11:38to Wim B"Big respect to how the Germans handled this. We need to learn from their structure and safeguard all clubs from greedy selfish owners"Gareth Poole replied: I agree entirely, the Bayern Munich vice Chairman was interviewed on Sky and said that they wouldn’t have accepted even if asked and have absolutely no intention of doing so in future.1012More replies (52)downO

Comment posted by Orkneyboom, today at 11:37Orkneyboom

11:37″Football is in the hands of the people!”

Said Dave a truck driver from Slough.

While wearing a £70 Chelsea top stamped with the logo of a company that spent £200m for it to be there, and the tick of a £900m Nike deal, and a multimillionaire’s name on the back. A £700 season ticket in his pocket and a £60 a month subscription to Sky Sports plus £30 a month subscription to BT.29011M

Reply posted by Mordor Tourism Board, today at 11:40Mordor Tourism Board

11:40to Orkneyboom"”Football is in the hands of the people!”Said Dave a truck driver from Slough. While wearing a £70 Chelsea top stamped with the logo of a company that spent £200m for it to be there, and the tick of a £900m Nike deal, and a multimillionaire’s name on the back. A £700 season ticket in his pocket and a £60 a month subscription to Sky Sports plus £30 a month subscription to BT."Mordor Tourism Board replied: Very well said.631More replies (26)downJ

Comment posted by Jamie, today at 11:28Jamie

11:28Juventus joining a super league to protect football, ten years ago they were match fixing. Quite the turn around2348W

Reply posted by W H Oami, today at 11:39W H Oami

11:39to Jamie"Juventus joining a super league to protect football, ten years ago they were match fixing. Quite the turn around"W H Oami replied: But will the SEC (powerful US Finance Regulator) will probably consider the possibility of stock and share price SUDDEN RISE during Europe Superleague debacle ?252More replies (7)downZ

Comment posted by Zimando, today at 11:32Zimando

11:32This super league idea was basically a reflection of society, particular in US and UK at the moment. It is about greed and looking after number one, kid on this is the key to everyone being better off, via the trickle down effect. The UK Govt, Sky and BBC pundits might complain but they are all part of it. The fact is if it succeeded would these people seriously not get involved? I doubt it15014U

Reply posted by ubercurmudgeon, today at 11:41ubercurmudgeon

11:41to Zimando"This super league idea was basically a reflection of society, particular in US and UK at the moment. It is about greed and looking after number one, kid on this is the key to everyone being better off, via the trickle down effect. The UK Govt, Sky and BBC pundits might complain but they are all part of it. The fact is if it succeeded would these people seriously not get involved? I doubt it"ubercurmudgeon replied: It was only a few weeks ago that Johnson was saying the greed was behind the success of the vaccine. Now the arch-populist has discovered that football is popular, he wants to block greed.9768More replies (16)downN

Comment posted by Nafemeister, today at 11:35Nafemeister

11:35Football is supposedly about fans not money. Although strangely the World Cup is to be held in Qatar for some reason. ££££££. An FA Cup Semi final was on a POV channel. ££££££. The Europa League final held in Outer Mongolia a few years back. ££££££.1126W

Reply posted by Windy M, today at 11:59Windy M

11:59to Nafemeister"Football is supposedly about fans not money. Although strangely the World Cup is to be held in Qatar for some reason. ££££££. An FA Cup Semi final was on a POV channel. ££££££. The Europa League final held in Outer Mongolia a few years back. ££££££."Windy M replied: So a country with teams who play in the Europa League should not be allowed to host the final because it’s too far away from you? Arrogance was part of the problem with these teams and you are showing the same.1833More replies (6)downC

Comment posted by CyranoInTheShires, today at 11:32CyranoInTheShires

11:32Oh well.

Guess we’ll just have to continue to make do with the already excessively greedy, and underperforming, football establishment we already have, for the time being.986R

Reply posted by Rondowriter, today at 11:41Rondowriter

11:41to CyranoInTheShires"Oh well.Guess we’ll just have to continue to make do with the already excessively greedy, and underperforming, football establishment we already have, for the time being."Rondowriter replied: Hence the review67More replies (6)downF

Comment posted by frankwirral, today at 11:35frankwirral

11:35Liverpool owner apologises to everyone apart from the other 14 premier league clubs that he meant to sell down the river. Won’t hold my breath for these owners to apologise to the whole football community and not just their own fans and players. If they had consulted in advance and not gone behind closed doors they would have dropped this I’ll conceived scheme before this stage. US owners must go.938I

Reply posted by iknowwhatilike, today at 11:50iknowwhatilike

11:50to frankwirral"Liverpool owner apologises to everyone apart from the other 14 premier league clubs that he meant to sell down the river. Won’t hold my breath for these owners to apologise to the whole football community and not just their own fans and players. If they had consulted in advance and not gone behind closed doors they would have dropped this I’ll conceived scheme before this stage. US owners must go."iknowwhatilike replied: Still waiting for the Premiership to apologise for selling the rest of the football league down the river.695More replies (8)downB

Comment posted by Billy McFlipFlops, today at 11:35Billy McFlipFlops

11:35I’ll keep my season ticket to cheer the team on, but will never spend another penny in the stadium or shop until Levy and ENIC are out. Others please do the same778B

Reply posted by Billy McFlipFlops, today at 11:44Billy McFlipFlops

11:44to Billy McFlipFlops"I’ll keep my season ticket to cheer the team on, but will never spend another penny in the stadium or shop until Levy and ENIC are out. Others please do the same"Billy McFlipFlops replied: And in the absence of an apology from Daniel Levy – I’m sorry to all clubs not involved in this ludicrous idea.510More replies (5)downT

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Comment posted by TrewQ, today at 11:35TrewQ

11:35Old Greedy Mob V New Special Greedy Mob

Old Greedy Mob win661T

Reply posted by Traskersslipperbasket , today at 11:38Traskersslipperbasket

11:38to TrewQ"Old Greedy Mob V New Special Greedy MobOld Greedy Mob win"Traskersslipperbasket replied: Right. Don’t forget why the World Cup is being held in errr, Qatar571More replies (4)downH

Comment posted by Hugo, today at 11:35Hugo

11:35I hope the FA steps up and actually punishes the club. Bringing the game into disrepute, attempts at corruption (arguably the system would be corrupt by randomly choosing “Super” clubs”), anything really.
Fine the owners and give points deductions for next season. This can’t just be swept under the carpet with no ramifications.

And I am a Spurs fan. Still think there needs to be punishment7214F

Reply posted by footfall22, today at 11:40footfall22

11:40to Hugo"I hope the FA steps up and actually punishes the club. Bringing the game into disrepute, attempts at corruption (arguably the system would be corrupt by randomly choosing “Super” clubs”), anything really. Fine the owners and give points deductions for next season. This can’t just be swept under the carpet with no ramifications. And I am a Spurs fan. Still think there needs to be punishment"footfall22 replied: What for a business plan that failed. Nobody died.2252More replies (22)downG

Comment posted by gooner233, today at 11:34gooner233

11:34As an Arsenal fan, I say ban all of them from the Champions League next season!6011M

Reply posted by mikey, today at 11:36mikey

11:36to gooner233"As an Arsenal fan, I say ban all of them from the Champions League next season!"mikey replied: That’s because Arsenal not in it , funny that4413More replies (18)downM

Comment posted by manmadevirus, today at 11:36manmadevirus

11:36We can never let this go unpunished. While it’s harsh banning players from the champions league or europa it must happen. They’re only apologising because of the backlash. These people tried to destroy our national game and for what? A bigger yacht? They’re already wealthy beyond belief. They’re a cancer that must be ripped from the game. I’ve seen some Liverpool fans online say all forgiven. No6519S

Reply posted by Sheff, today at 11:47Sheff

11:47to manmadevirus"We can never let this go unpunished. While it’s harsh banning players from the champions league or europa it must happen. They’re only apologising because of the backlash. These people tried to destroy our national game and for what? A bigger yacht? They’re already wealthy beyond belief. They’re a cancer that must be ripped from the game. I’ve seen some Liverpool fans online say all forgiven. No"Sheff replied: I feel it’s like someone fiddling their tax returns and then found out. The grovelling apologies and saying sorry just doesn’t cut the mustard, so I agree with your comment of not letting it go unpunished. The Chairmen of these clubs should have offered (at least) a referendum to their respective supporters. Even if the fans of those 15 clubs said NO, then that should have been it…285More replies (14)downR

Comment posted by Rebeccas Granddad, today at 11:47Rebeccas Granddad

11:47Where were all the supporters of sporting integrity and “earn it” when EUFA threw the champions of the smaller countries out of the Champions League to make way for the second, third and fourth placed teams from England, Italy, Spain And Germany. Hypocrisy Rules OK.380R

Reply posted by Rob L, today at 11:49Rob L

11:49to Rebeccas Granddad"Where were all the supporters of sporting integrity and “earn it” when EUFA threw the champions of the smaller countries out of the Champions League to make way for the second, third and fourth placed teams from England, Italy, Spain And Germany. Hypocrisy Rules OK."Rob L replied: Exactly. The old 3 trophy format needs bringing back.140More replies (1)downB

Comment posted by BWhit480, today at 11:33BWhit480

11:33Good, hopefully this will be a wake up call that relentless pressure from large sections of society can achieve results, when it comes to all the other problems in society on top of this caused by greed.376H

Reply posted by HKJ, today at 11:35HKJ

11:35to BWhit480"Good, hopefully this will be a wake up call that relentless pressure from large sections of society can achieve results, when it comes to all the other problems in society on top of this caused by greed."HKJ replied: Bielsa has been the best advocate in this respect – he realises football is a microcosm of the wider problems in society.

It’ll be interesting to see if BoZo and the Tories spot their own hypocrisy in this…..3737More replies (3)downT

Comment posted by TrewQ, today at 11:38TrewQ

11:38Hooray!
It’s back to football business as usual.
Silverware to the highest bidders!280S

Reply posted by Scientist Economist Voice of ALL knowledge, today at 11:43Scientist Economist Voice of ALL knowledge

11:43to TrewQ"Hooray!It’s back to football business as usual.Silverware to the highest bidders!"Scientist Economist Voice of ALL knowledge replied: 80m for harry maguire and they loathe greed132W

Comment posted by W H Oami, today at 11:37W H Oami

11:37Unfortunately there must be consequences for these 12 Europe Superleague clubs for bringing football into disrepute.

Remember the sanctions against Glasgow Rangers FC ?

Fortunately they survived relegation and now thrive but it took years to overcome ?359I

Reply posted by iknowwhatilike, today at 11:52iknowwhatilike

11:52to W H Oami"Unfortunately there must be consequences for these 12 Europe Superleague clubs for bringing football into disrepute.Remember the sanctions against Glasgow Rangers FC ?Fortunately they survived relegation and now thrive but it took years to overcome ?"iknowwhatilike replied: What consequences – the Premier League needs these clubs as much as the ESL did to enhance their own greed.153More replies (5)downC

Comment posted by Colin G, today at 11:36Colin G

11:36Whilst I have sympathy for the fans of the “big 6” there have to be penalties for the selfish deceit and chaos caused by the owners of these teams. Has there been any tolerance for the fans of other teams whose owners have broken less significant rules in the past and would the big 6 have been sympathetic to the fans of the other 14 clubs braking rules??? We all know the answer3712K

Reply posted by KLOPP OUT, today at 11:43KLOPP OUT

11:43to Colin G"Whilst I have sympathy for the fans of the “big 6” there have to be penalties for the selfish deceit and chaos caused by the owners of these teams. Has there been any tolerance for the fans of other teams whose owners have broken less significant rules in the past and would the big 6 have been sympathetic to the fans of the other 14 clubs braking rules??? We all know the answer"KLOPP OUT replied: PENALTIES? Only for Man U.

Let’s face it Liverpool are the cream of the crop and deserve to play World Class Clubs every week. Real Madrids, Barcelona etc.

Club of our stature has no business showing face in the likes of Burnley, Leeds, Wolverhampton on a Wednesday evening.969More replies (13)downK

Comment posted by King James, today at 11:36King James

11:36Each of the 6 clubs in prem need to be fined 50m each,the 300m then should be distributed among the clubs struggling in the EFL. Boris needs to pass legislation giving owners 2 years to reduce their stake to 49% minimum or sell the club on to a new owner who will abide by this stipulation.If they refuse both, after 2 years these clubs go to tax bracket that would make it impossible to sustain3511S

Reply posted by Son of Mud, today at 11:40Son of Mud

11:40to King James"Each of the 6 clubs in prem need to be fined 50m each,the 300m then should be distributed among the clubs struggling in the EFL. Boris needs to pass legislation giving owners 2 years to reduce their stake to 49% minimum or sell the club on to a new owner who will abide by this stipulation.If they refuse both, after 2 years these clubs go to tax bracket that would make it impossible to sustain"Son of Mud replied: This is capitalism in action – why would the government do what you say? If they do it to football clubs they’d have to do it to all businesses – not going to make politics the wealth-generating career our politicians love.95More replies (5)downP

Comment posted by PJB, today at 11:39PJB

11:39Right
Get the Glazers and JW Henry / Fenway out of English football NOW. They have proved in the last 6 months that they rare not fit and proper to be involved having TWICE tried to impose closed shop self serving schemes for their clubs (The Big Picture and now SLCo) on our national game.

We don’t want your restrictive practices here and you are a disgrace to Liverpool and Manchester United.241A

Comment posted by Axle, today at 11:35Axle

11:35So what’s the punishment FA / UEFA/ ‘Back in the fold’? If this is forgotten by the authorities, it won’t be forgotten by the fans.309K

Reply posted by Keith Baker, today at 11:43Keith Baker

11:43to Axle"So what’s the punishment FA / UEFA/ ‘Back in the fold’? If this is forgotten by the authorities, it won’t be forgotten by the fans."Keith Baker replied: Punish the owners, not the team, manager or fans, it wasn’t their fault. How you do this though, on a legal basis, I don’t know.166More replies (6)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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