The founding clubs of the European Super League project continued to withdraw from the competition, 48 hours after the announcement of its inauguration.
The six English clubs participating in the tournament, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, declined to participate in the tournament, Tuesday, after harsh criticism and government rejection of the tournament, and threats by the International and European Federations, FIFA and UEFA to take official decisions against the participants.
After the English clubs, the Italian clubs Inter Milan, Milan and Juventus, in addition to Atletico Madrid, announced their withdrawal from the tournament.
Italian clubs withdraw
Inter became the first Italian club to decide to exit the European Super League, which it joined due to the desire of its Chinese president, Stephen Zahang, to find a solution to the club’s recent financial crises.
On the other hand, the Italian club Milan announced its withdrawal from the European Super League championship, in a statement published on its official website.
“We have accepted the invitation to participate in the European Super League project, with a sincere intention to present the best possible European competition for football fans around the world and for the benefit of the club and our fans,” Milan said in a statement.
“Change is not always easy, but development is necessary for progress, and the structures of European football have evolved and changed over the decades,” he added.
However, the voices and concerns of fans around the world about the Super League have been clearly expressed, and Milan must be sensitive to the voices of those who love this wonderful sport.
He concluded: “We will continue to work hard to provide a sustainable model for football.”
Juventus also announced its withdrawal from the European Super League, in a statement on its official website.
The Italian club said: “Referring to the press release issued by the club on April 19, 2021 regarding the project to establish the European Super League, the club affirms that it is aware of the intentions of some clubs to withdraw from this project.”
He added: “In this context, Juventus believes, while remaining convinced of the validity of the mathematical, commercial and legal assumptions of the project, that its capabilities are currently limited to complete it in the manner in which it was initially designed.”
“Juventus remains committed to building long-term value for the club and the entire football movement,” he said.
Classico every week?
Atlético also revealed in an official statement, on Wednesday, that it has withdrawn from participating in the Super League: “The club’s board of directors decided in its meeting on Wednesday morning to inform the management of the European Super League and the established clubs not to join the project.
Regarding the reasons for the decision, the capital’s team explained: “We made the decision to participate in the tournament last Monday based on circumstances that no longer exist now. For us, understanding and harmony is necessary for the Rojaplanco family, including fans, players and coaches, and our players and coaches expressed their satisfaction with the decision.”
Thus, there are no longer in the European Super League except Barcelona and Real Madrid, which caused the fans to laugh at the possibility of holding the tournament with only two teams, by holding a Clasico match every week.
The European Super League would have awarded the founding clubs up to 300 million pounds sterling upon signing initial contracts with the support of the US bank “GB Morgan”.
For his part, Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus and one of the promoters of the European Super League, along with his counterpart, Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, said that despite the criticism against this project, it “will go ahead”.
Hours after the withdrawal of the English clubs that were among the founders of the new tournament, Agnelli confirmed in an interview with the Italian newspaper (La Repubblica) that “there is a blood pact between our clubs, the Super League project has 100% chances of success, we will move forward.”
The Juventus president said that they maintain an “open dialogue with FIFA and UEFA,” noting that “if they submit a proposal, we will study it,” while insisting that the Super League “does not represent any threat” because “there is a complete desire to participate in national competitions and tournaments.”
But Agnelli later said that the new contest was no longer sustainable, blaming politicians’ interference for the failure of his project.