UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has continued his war against those who invented the doomed European Super League, including Andrea Agnelli, Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez.
A civil war in football was in danger of breaking out after the 12 founders announced their participation in the European Super League – an escape tournament that would replace the respective clubs’ European commitments with UEFA, such as the Champions League.
However, in a frantic 48 hours amid a widespread fan uprising across Europe, those plans were contained – with media and politicians even protesting the ill-fated venture, which was backed by over £ 4 billion from JPMorgan.
And Ceferin, who is the godfather of Agnelli’s daughter, has once again hit those who spearheaded the astonishing creation, which threatened to shake football to its core.
In an interview with Slovenian publication 24ur.comCeferin called Agnelli, Woodward and Perez ‘liars’ when he revealed the full extent of the Super League’s deception.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has revealed the full extent of the Super League deception
Ceferin revealed that Andrea Agnelli initially told him it was ‘bulls *** that was forming the Super League’
“Five clubs called me on Saturday to tell them to join so they wouldn’t be left out,” Ceferin revealed.
Agnelli said it is bulls *** that is forming the Super League. I already knew it was so I said to him “Then let’s give a PR statement”. He said that was a great idea and told me to write it and send it to him to see. I did that, sent it and tried to call him again.
He didn’t answer his phone. After a long time he did and said it wasn’t really okay and he will fix a few things. After that he did not answer the phone. ‘
Ceferin, who had originally called the 12 founders ‘snakes’ for formulating the Super League, also hit out with Manchester United’s vice-chairman Woodward, who called to say he was happy and supportive of the plans to become the Champions. League to reform and expand from 32 teams to 36.
Woodward became the first victim of the Super League on Tuesday night when it was announced that he would step down at the end of the season in the aftermath of the immense backlash that followed. The party line is that this was always the intention.
Ceferin added: ‘Ed Woodward called me on Thursday saying he is very happy with the Champions League reform and excited to vote for it tomorrow. We know what happened next. ‘
And Ceferin didn’t stop there, as he also hit Real Madrid chief Perez, who astonishingly refused to give up the Super League on Wednesday night after insisting that all 12 clubs sign a ‘legally binding contract’.
Ceferin also ripped out against co-conspirators Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez for their involvement
“Perez doesn’t like me because I won’t do exactly as he says,” Ceferin continued. After all, he’s president of the Super League. A president of nothing. ‘
Its 12 founding members included the Premier League’s Big Six – Man United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter.
But after massive protests across Europe, the Super League was suspended within 48 hours, with the Premier League teams leading the way in the withdrawal.
However, Ceferin has admitted that he was deeply shocked by the betrayal of all 12 clubs and even needed a ‘double whiskey’ to get himself to sleep on Sunday night.
“I had to have double whiskey so I could fall asleep on Sunday,” admitted Ceferin. ‘Yesterday I had 3,800 messages that I couldn’t respond to.
‘I’ve learned that money isn’t everything. I’ve learned that even the people closest to you can be liars. ‘
Last Friday morning was expected to be a very important day for UEFA, with their league committee and the European Clubs Association (ECA) gathering to finalize plans for the Champions League revamp that they had been preparing for months.
The Premier League’s Big Six were founders of the doomed Super League
The ECA had gathered with all 12 Super League clubs involved to put aside their disagreements over the distribution of prize money and get the ball rolling for the Champions League renewal.
But behind the scenes, the 12 founders tried to make a mark on the Super League.
On Friday afternoon, with the Super League still secret, law firm Clifford Chance in Germany applied for a trademark for ‘The Super League’ and their new logo.
Chelsea and Manchester City agreed to join the rebel group shortly after, and with that, the 12 clubs were ready to go it alone in Europe – without French and German champions PSG and Bayern Munich declining the invitation.
On Saturday afternoon, as the mutterings about the Super League grew louder, Ceferin wanted to speak to someone he trusted in Agnelli, who said nothing was wrong.
But just the morning after, ECA Chairman Agnelli led the push away from the traditional fabric of European football, which would later lead to Ceferin calling him a ‘snake’.
Protests, including this one at Chelsea, took place across Europe after the Super League announcement
Liverpool fans are protesting outside Anfield on Monday after the Super League has been confirmed
Arsenal fans also hung banners outside the Emirates Stadium in protest at the proposals
Rumors continued to circulate throughout the day, and by Sunday’s closing hours, all 12 teams announced that they had signed up for the Super League.
But in less than 48 hours, the breakout competition came to a chilling end after overwhelming backlash from fans, media and politicians, leaving those who invented the Super League an extremely red face.
Despite the proposals that fell on their faces, Real Madrid president Perez has since utterly refused to back down in his defense of the disastrous breakaway competition.
In an interview with El Larguero’s Manu Carreno, Perez claimed a smear campaign had been made to oppose the Super League after fierce backlash across Europe, saying claims that the weekday competition would come from domestic leagues were untrue.
Perez also doubled down on suggestions that the project’s 12 founders have not yet left, as they have signed a legally ‘binding contract’, while suggesting that several England teams could still participate in the competition.
Perez has utterly refused to back down in his defense of the disastrous Super League