Six Premier League clubs involved in European Super League ‘prepare to ask Florentino Perez to LOCK up the company behind the launch of the disastrous breakaway competition’ in what would be a hammer blow to the dim hopes of getting the much-maligned project to revive
- English clubs will reportedly ask Florentino Perez for firm behind ESL . to dissolve
- All six Premier League clubs withdrew from the project 48 hours after launch
- Barcelona, Juventus and Madrid desperately cling to the plan
- However, reports suggest the UK parties will move to dissolve a company
The English clubs involved in the disastrous European Super League are reportedly planning to ask Florentino Perez to wind up the company formed to launch the £3.5bn plan.
Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all withdrew from the controversial breakaway competition 48 hours after it was announced in April following vociferous reactions from fans, pundits and the British government.
Italian duo AC Milan and Inter later withdrew from the project, along with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, leaving only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus in support of the plot.
The six English clubs involved in the ESL will ask Florentino Perez to dissolve the firm behind it
Owners of United, Arsenal and Liverpool are said to have been the driving forces behind the ESL, with Madrid president Florentino Perez acting as president of the league threatening the very existence of the UEFA Champions League.
Despite the withdrawal of nine of the 12 teams, ESPN reports that the company created to launch the ESL still exists.
And the six Premier League clubs that had initially chosen to participate in the European Super League will ask Perez to dissolve that company, although this is legally complex and far from an easy process.
Premier League clubs withdrew from the leading group 48 hours after its launch in April
And ESPN says all six clubs plan to ask Perez to dissolve the company formed before the launch lancering
Should the six former rebel clubs succeed in dissolving the company, it would be a blow to the three clubs desperately clinging to hopes of reviving the project.
Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli remains determined to renew European football, despite huge opposition to the idea of radically changing the current status quo.
He said: ‘For years I have tried to change the European leagues from within, because the signs of a crisis were already visible before the pandemic.
“The Super League is not a coup d’état, but a desperate cry for help for a system that, consciously or unconsciously, is heading for insolvency.
The process is seen as far from simple with a lot of legal complexity
Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli is determined to bring about change in European football
“The agreement between the founders was conditional on UEFA’s prior recognition of the competition. The response was deafening, with insulting terms and arrogant methods, and then it turned to three clubs.
It is not with this kind of behavior that football is being reformed in the face of this crisis. Fortunately, I know that not everyone at UEFA thinks the same. The desire for dialogue, however, remains unchanged.
“Other sports have experienced these kinds of changes and almost all stakeholders agree that the model needs to be adapted.
“Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are determined to achieve a complete reform of the leagues, especially in the interest of the clubs that fear us for this situation.”