Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli is NOT giving up on the doomed European Super League, admitting he wants further ‘dialogue’ over a breakaway competition and warns he’s expecting ‘satisfactory results’ with their legal battle
- Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are yet to pull out of the Super League
- Andrea Agnelli was a key figure in masterminding the breakaway league
- ESL plans came to a shuddering halt amid fierce backlash from across Europe
- But Juve chairman Agnelli is not giving up hope on the plans coming to fruition
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has admitted he is ready to have further dialogue over a potential European Super League, and that he still holds UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin in high regard.
Along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Juventus are yet to pull out of the highly contentious proposed breakaway league – which was met by fierce backlash from fans, media and politicians from across Europe.
A Madrid court asked the European Court of Justice to establish if FIFA and UEFA were breaching EU competition law by preventing the clubs from creating the Super League in May.
Andrea Agnelli is still hopeful of further dialogue over the European Super League
The Madrid commercial court ruled on Thursday that UEFA must cancel all legal sanctions imposed on the three clubs, providing Agnelli with a boost in his efforts to change football’s structure.
‘I reaffirm our willingness to have a dialogue to face problems which are at the basis of the European football,’ Agnelli told a news conference on Thursday.
‘We are not scared of threats and we are confident that our legal action will lead to satisfactory results, but the real success would be if we return to a dialogue.’
Amid the furore over the breakaway proposals, there was a breakdown in the relationship between close friends Agnelli and Ceferin, with the UEFA president labelling the Juve chief a ‘snake’.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin initially went to war with the 12 founding members
Agnelli resigned from his position as chairman of the European Clubs Association and his role on UEFA’s executive committee in April amid fierce backlash from the contentious Super League plans.
‘We’re absolutely certain we will play Champions League in the 2021-2022 season,’ Agnelli said.
‘I have respect for Ceferin, but those who work in the business world know what it means to respect a non-disclosure agreement, so, as I immediately resigned from all my positions, I believe I have acted correctly.
‘I believe that time will smooth out all the misunderstandings that have occurred.’
Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only teams yet to pull out of the Super League
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