European Super League is gradually fading away as Italy’s Inter Milan, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, and six English teams abandoned the breakaway competition after intense criticism.
Recall that twelve of European football clubs earlier agreed to establish a new midweek competition on Sunday.
The founding members of the league were English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, Italy’s Juventus, Inter and AC Milan, and Spain’s Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico.
After 48 hours of massive pressure from fans and politicians, the six England teams backed out on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid’s pull out followed Inter Milan’s exit confirmation on Wednesday, while sources say AC Milan are also planning to leave, the Italian club in a statement said “The voices and the concerns of fans around the world have clearly been expressed about the Super League, and AC Milan must be sensitive to the voice of those who love this wonderful sport.”
Juventus boss, Andrea Agnelli said he still believes in the merits of the breakaway league despite the overwhelming criticism, adding that he had no regrets on the proposed conduct of the League.
The Juventus boss who said, “I remain convinced of the beauty of that project,” added that it would have been the best competition in the world. “But admittedly … I mean, I don’t think that that project is now still up and running.”
Although Juventus didn’t outrightly accept the death of the League, they recognised there were limited chances of the project being completed in the form it was originally conceived.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only two founders yet to issue official statements as at Wednesday afternoon.