The chairman of Italian football giants Juventus – one of the clubs that attempted a breakaway European Super League – suggested Boris Johnson was so opposed to the plan as it was seen as “an attack on Brexit”.
Andrea Agnelli, one of the chief architects of the closed-store competition for elite clubs, on Wednesday admitted the idea of a European Super League could do not continue.
It follows the decision of six English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – to withdraw from the plan.
Spanish team Atletico Madrid and Italian rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan have also dropped out of the program.
The project has turned into a humiliating spectacle for the clubs involved, their plans collapsing within 48 hours of their first announcement amid a furious backlash from fans and politicians across Europe.
Mr Johnson had vowed to explore “all possibilities” to stop the “very damaging” European Super League, as he pondered new or existing laws that could be used to halt the plans.
And Mr Agnelli suggested that the intervention of the British government had caused the six English clubs to withdraw.
“I had speculation at this point that if six teams had split up and threatened the EPL (Premier League), politics would have seen this as an attack on Brexit and their political project,” he said. he told Reuters.
However, Mr Agnelli added that there remained …
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