Juventus ‘leaves the European Club Association’ in the wake of the Super League unveiling with club president Andrea Agnelli ‘resigning’ from his role as chairman of the body
Juventus has reportedly left the European Club Association after confirming an escaping European Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, along with Pep Guardiola’s side, have signed a letter of intent to join the league, with Manchester City the last to agree. the end of the league in football as we know it.
The Super League said in a statement released on Sunday evening: ‘Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have come together today to announce that they have agreed to create a new midweek league, the Super League, which is controlled by the Founding. Clubs. ‘
Andrea Agnelli has reportedly stepped down from his role as president of the European Club Association
In the wake of the shock announcement, it has been reported that Juventus has left the ECA.
It also means that the president of the Italian giant, Andrea Agnelli, has stepped down as president of the ECA and is ‘walking away’ from the UEFA executive committee.
Agnelli, who has hitherto been considered an ally of UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, will take the fourth role of vice president as part of the European Super League.
It is believed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will assume the role of chairman in the structure of the new league, with John W. Henry of Liverpool, Joel Glazer of Manchester United and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke will also take the role of vice-president. chair.
Ceferin is reportedly outraged by Agnelli’s betrayal, news of which comes less than 24 hours before UEFA’s own proposals for a revamped Champions League.
A statement about it Juventus’ official website said: ‘The clubs have agreed to join the Super League on a long-term basis. More top European clubs are expected to join the Super League project, reaching a core group of up to 15 permanent founders who will be supplemented each year with more clubs based on an admission process, resulting in 20 clubs in total. ”
It adds: “Juventus expects the Super League to create long-term value for the company and for the football industry as a whole.”
The ECA, which represents the clubs of UEFA, has issued a statement that goes against the plans of the Super League.
In addition, they supported continued development in renewing the Champions League, despite the fact that their chairman was Juventus chief Agnelli.
Juventus is one of 12 clubs that have agreed to participate in a European Super League
Their statement read: ‘In light of today’s reports on the topic of a so-called escape competition, the ECA, as the organization representing 246 leading clubs across Europe, reiterates its stated commitment to work with UEFA on the development of the UEFA model for club competitions (UCCs). for the cycle starting in 2024 that a ‘closed superclass model’ referred to in media articles would be strongly opposed by the ECA.
The ECA refers to the position taken by the Governing Board at its meeting on Friday 16 April, namely that it supports the commitment to work with UEFA on a renewed structure for European club football as a whole after 2024, including proposed changes in UEFA. Club competitions after 2024.
With the support of the ECA, the UEFA Executive Committee is asked to endorse these commitments at its meeting on April 19, along with pursuing efforts to reach an agreement on the future relationship between the ECA and UEFA .
“The ECA’s Management Board will meet in the coming days to take appropriate decisions in the light of any further developments.”