UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin insists Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli ‘no longer exists for me’ and says their problems are ‘personal’ as the fallout from the European Super League debacle continues
- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says Andrea Agnelli ‘no longer exists for me’
- Ceferin was livid Juventus’ chairman didn’t tell him about Super League League plans
- Juventus is one of three clubs still withdrawing from the failed project
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has claimed Juventus president Andrea Agnelli ‘no longer exists’ for him after his involvement in the failed European Super League plans.
Ceferin had a close friendship with Agnelli and was godfather to one of his children, but the couple no longer speak to each other.
Juventus, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, are one of only three clubs to withdraw from the controversial Super League of the 12 that originally signed up.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (right) says Juventus president Andrea Agnelli ‘doesn’t exist for me’
According to the plans, the teams involved would have played in the Super League instead of the Champions League.
Ceferin was furious about the plans and especially the fact that Agnelli had not informed him about the Super League before it was announced.
Ceferin told So foot: ‘In this case, I can divide the main characters into three categories. I put Andrea Agnelli first. That was personal.
“As far as I’m concerned, this man no longer exists for me. I thought we were friends but he lied to my face until the last minute of the last day and assured me I had nothing to worry about.
Ceferin was extremely disappointed that Agnelli did not tell him about the plans for the Super League League
“The day before he had already signed the documents for the launch of the Super League.”
Ceferin was also frustrated with the representatives of the other clubs that had signed up, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Inter Milan and AC Milan also part of the plans before withdrawing.
Ceferin said: ‘In the second category I put the leaders I considered very close to me and I regret that they did not tell me in advance what was planned.
‘In the third and final category I place those with whom I had no privileged contacts. I don’t blame them, but they too will have to bear the consequences of their actions.’
Agnelli, meanwhile, believes that change is still needed in European competitions.
As reported by PA Sport, he said: “For years I have tried to change European competitions from within, as the signs of 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.
Agnelli is adamant that changes need to be made regarding European competitions
“The agreement between the founders was conditional on UEFA’s prior recognition of the competition. The reaction was deafening, with insulting terms and arrogant methods, and then it was about three clubs.’
Agnelli added that Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid want a “complete reform” of European competitions.
He said: ‘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.”