Trying to ascertain a European Super League was “not a coup” however moderately “a desperate cry of alarm for a system that, knowingly or not, is heading in direction of insolvency,” Juventus president Andrea Agnelli mentioned Friday.
Together with Actual Madrid and Barcelona, Juventus is one of the few remaining holdouts refusing to surrender the Super League among the many 12 founding members of the failed venture.
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings in opposition to the three holdouts and Italian officers have mentioned that Juventus dangers being excluded from Serie A if it doesn’t surrender the breakaway league.
Agnelli misplaced greater than most within the Super League fiasco, having resigned as chairman of the European Membership Affiliation and thus mechanically additionally having to vacate his seat on the UEFA government committee.
“For years I’ve tried to vary European competitions from the within, as a result of the indicators of disaster have been evident even earlier than the pandemic,” Agnelli mentioned at a information convention referred to as to bid goodbye to departing Juventus sports activities director Fabio Paratici.
Agnelli had been a shut confidante of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who then referred to him as “a snake” for turning on European soccer’s governing physique.
“The settlement between the founders was conditional on UEFA’s prior recognition of the competitors,” Agnelli mentioned.
“The response was deafening, with offensive phrases and boastful strategies, after which it turned to 3 golf equipment.
“It isn’t with this sort of conduct that soccer is reformed within the face of this disaster,” Agnelli added.
“Happily, I do know that not everybody in UEFA feels the identical manner. The need for dialogue, nonetheless, stays unchanged. … Different sports activities have confronted adjustments of this sort, and nearly all stakeholders agree that the mannequin must be modified.”
The Super League venture was publicly launched late at evening on April 18 and imploded inside 48 hours amid the backlash and threats of laws by the British authorities.
The 9 different golf equipment concerned settled with UEFA: AC Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis.
These golf equipment agreed to UEFA’s phrases to forfeit 5% of their prize cash from European competitions within the 2022-23 season and pay a mixed 15 million euros ($18.4 million) as a “gesture of goodwill” to learn youngsters, youth and grassroots soccer.
“Juventus, Barcelona and Actual Madrid,” Agnelli mentioned, “are decided to realize a full reform of the competitions, and above all, within the curiosity of the golf equipment that present us worry for this case.”