Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli: Failed Super League was 'NOT a coup'

Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli insists failed European Super League breakaway was ‘NOT a coup’ and claims a revamp is still needed to prevent European football from ‘heading towards insolvency’

  • Juventus president Agnelli was highly involved in the development of the project
  • He instead called the rebel league a ‘cry of alarm’ for a system failing financially 
  • The Italian giants and Spanish pair Real Madrid and Barcelona are yet to pull out
  • And Agnelli insisted he was the trio were still pushing for ‘a complete reform’ 

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli remains determined to revamp European football despite the fierce opposition to the doomed European Super League.

The Italian giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only clubs of the initial 12 involved in the hugely controversial breakaway competition still yet to officially pull out, despite its spectacular collapse in April.

Agnelli is still convinced change is needed and claims the current system is heading for ‘insolvency’.

Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli has insisted the failed European Super League was ‘not a coup’

Spanish giants Barcelona (new president Joan Laporta pictured), are one of three clubs who have failed to renounce their involvement in the plans along, with Real Madrid and Juventus

He said: ‘For years I have tried to change European competitions from the inside, because the signs of crisis were evident even before the pandemic.

‘The Super League is not a coup, but a desperate cry of alarm for a system that, knowingly or not, is heading towards insolvency.

‘The agreement between the founders was conditional on UEFA’s prior recognition of the competition. The response was deafening, with offensive terms and arrogant methods, and then it turned to three clubs.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been on the war path with the rebel European clubs

Supporters’ protests are continuing to take place after the plans for the breakaway tournament

‘It is not with this type of behaviour that football is reformed in the face of this crisis. Fortunately, I know not everyone in UEFA feels the same way. The desire for dialogue, however, remains unchanged.

‘Other sports have faced changes of this type, and almost all stakeholders agree that the model needs to be changed.

‘Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are determined to achieve a complete reform of the competitions, and above all, in the interest of the clubs that show us fear for this situation.’

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