May 11, 2021

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Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli has admitted the proposed Super League is dead as NINE of...


Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli has admitted the proposed Super League is dead as NINE of the 12 clubs quit the project.

Asked if the Super League could continue, Agnelli told Reuters: “To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case.

“I remain convinced of the beauty of that project, of the value that it would have developed to the pyramid, of the creation of the best competition in the world, but evidently no. I don’t think that project is now still up and running.”

That came even before three more clubs – Inter Milan from Italy and Atletico Madrid from Spain, later joined by AC Milan of Italy – followed England’s six participants in announcing their departures from the competition.

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Liverpool owner John W Henry apologised for his part in the proposed competition.

Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group also owns baseball’s Boston Red Sox, said in a video posted by the club on Twitter that the breakaway project would only have worked with fans’ full support.

The withdrawal by Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, just 48 hours after proposals were unveiled on Sunday, followed a furious reaction from fans, officials and politicians.

Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid followed on Wednesday.

“Inter Milan confirm that the club is no longer part of the Super League project,” the Serie A leaders said in a statement.

Atletico said: “Atletico Madrid made the decision last Monday to join this project in response to circumstances that no longer exist today.

“For the club, harmony is essential between all the groups that make up the rojiblanco family, especially our fans.”

They were later joined by AC Milan, who said in a statement: “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.”

That leaves just three clubs out of the original 12 — Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus — and the lucrative venture appears to be dead in the water.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson tweeted a statement late Tuesday on behalf of the squad, saying they did not want the Super League to happen.

Henry, who oversaw Liverpool’s first English top-flight title for 30 years in 2020, said sorry to the club’s followers.

“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the last 48 hours,” he said.

“It goes without saying but should be said, the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans.

“No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”

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Henry spoke of the “hurt” being felt and also apologised to manager Jurgen Klopp, his staff and players, saying they had no responsibility for the disruption.

The American said he took full personal responsibility for “the unnecessary negativity” and that fans had displayed their “rightful power”.

“If there’s one thing this horrible pandemic has clearly shown, it’s how crucial fans are to our sport, and to every sport — it’s shown in every empty stadium,” he said.



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