Following the exclusion of all six Premier League clubs participating in the breakaway, Super League chairman Andrea Agnelli has acknowledged that the rivalry cannot continue.
Under heavy pressure from supporters, clubs, and commentators around the footballing world, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham have all pulled out of the plans for the new European tournament.
As things stand, AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are all on board, as is Juventus, but the Italian champions’ club president now expects the Super League to be phased out entirely.
When asked if the rivalry could still form after the exits, Agnelli, who formed the breakaway plan, told Reuters on Wednesday: “To be fair and honest, no, obviously that is not the case.”
“I’m also sure of the project’s elegance. Still, admittedly… I don’t think the project is still up and running now.”
Agnelli was also asked if he had any regrets on how the Super League was put together, to which he replied, “If you tell me other methods for bringing together such projects… if you had to ask others’ permission, I don’t think you would have carried out a project like this.”
“The relationships are there; I’ve seen them evolve over time; some people, I’m certain, would be transparent and speak to one another.
“In general, I don’t believe our industry is especially sincere, trustworthy, or reliable.”
Following the withdrawal of six of the initial 12 founding teams, the Super League issued a statement pledging to restructure its plans and continue pressing for reform in the face of the coronavirus pandemic’s financial uncertainty.