Just over 48 hours after the announcement of its creation, the Superliga founded by twelve of the most powerful clubs in Europe fades after the resignation of the six English, the three Italians and Atlético de Madrid, before the silence of Real Madrid Y Barcelona.
The pronouncement of Juventus, Last in the cascade of “desertions”, it still leaves a scenario of certain uncertainty. Andrea Agnelli’s club, vice president of the Super League, has admitted that his step aside is due to the current context, “despite remaining convinced of the sporting, commercial and legal value of the project.”
The Turin club understands that the Superliga right now it has “reduced possibilities of being carried out in the format in which it was intended” and points out that the necessary procedures provided for in the agreement between the clubs have not yet been completed. “
The resignation stance of the three Italian clubs this Wednesday has collided with the firmness that the Super League maintained last morning, when the English had already abandoned the initiative.
The small group a six then assured that he was moving forward and that he was preparing to reconfigure the project, with the aim “of offering fans the best possible experience” and promoting “solidarity payments for the entire football community.”
From his point of view the march of the English –Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hostpur- was due to the pressure they had put on them. And, perhaps, apart from the official rejections from UEFA, FIFA, the leagues, the federations and the European Commission, the clubs did not expect fans to take to the streets to protest this. new model and less in times of pandemic.
There are only Madrid and Barça left in the Super League. The last one to stay will be the champion of the first tournament edition without having to play. It would be the first title of the season for Madrid and the second for Barça.
— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) April 21, 2021
The loudest voice has been that of the english followers, supported by the Government and even royalty, but also others, such as that of Pep Guardiola In defense of sporting merit, they have joined against a closed league as understood by their detractors in the face of the open concept advocated by their promoters.
The players of the Liverpool They also spoke out against it, as did historical Kenny Dalglish and David Beckham.
Also in Italy the fans have weighed on the change of position especially at Inter and Milan. He has shown himself obliged to be “sensitive to the opinion of those who love this wonderful sport.”
In a similar tone the Atlético de Madrid has considered “essential harmony between all the groups that make up the rojiblanca family, especially the fans” when he conveyed his withdrawal from an initiative, a position that for Argentine coach Diego Pablo Siemone is “a great look at the Atlético family.”
With this scenario, it remains to be seen if there is any kind of reaction from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Barça club contemplates all the open scenarios about its continuity while waiting for talks, but its captain Gerard Piqué has already said that “now more than ever, football belongs to the fans.” His coach, Ronald Koeman, has expressed himself in the same sense.
Bara included a clause in its contract with the Super League that leaves entry into the competition at the expense of the ratification of the club’s Assembly of Committees, something that Real Madrid has not communicated, since the only manifestations of its president, Florentino Pérez, two days ago, did them as president of the Super League.
In them he defended that it is a project to fix the bad situation of football and alleviate the loss of income, especially the last two seasons.
The president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, assured that Agnelli and Pérez had been “cooking” this idea for years, which they made public hours before the change in format of their competitions was formalized from 2024 and announced that they will review and make their financial fair play system.
Ceferin applauds since yesterday those who have “corrected” their mistake and “have returned to the fold” and awaits new gestures. “The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”