Juventus chief blames Brexit for Super League collapse
Conceding that the controversial football Super League was officially dead in the water, Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli searched for a scapegoat and landed on … Brexit.
The Juventus chairman, reportedly one of the leading architects of the rebel league, told Reuters he had heard “speculation” that “if six teams would have broken away and would have threatened the EPL [English Premier League], politics would have seen that as an attack to Brexit and their political scheme.”
While admitting that the concept was no longer feasible, Agnelli claimed people had lied to him about their interest in the project.
“I’m not going to say how many clubs contacted me in just 24 hours asking if they could join,” he said, without naming them. “Maybe they lied, but I was contacted by a number of teams asking what they could do to join.”
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, European football’s governing body, on Monday described Agnelli and other breakaway plotters as “snakes” and liars.
Yet in comments that may raise eyebrows across the Continent, Agnelli bemoaned the state of football governance, saying: “I don’t think our industry is a particularly sincere, trustworthy or reliable one in general.”
The Super League, launched to political consternation and supporter unrest on Sunday night, had crumbled by Wednesday morning after a slew of clubs backed out.