Super League LIVE: reactions and what we know so far

Andrea Agnelli announced the Super League can no longer progress after the withdraw of the six Premier League clubs, and the pressure is now mounting over Juventus’ President.

The six Premier League clubs pulled out of the Super League last night and were followed by Inter and Milan, leaving the three La Liga giants and Juventus alone.

The Super League has released a statement 48 hours after its initial announcement, declaring they will “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project.”

Andrea Agnelli released interviews with Il Corriere dello Sport and La Repubblica, insisting FIFA and UEFA are not facing any economic risks and suggesting he is firmly at the helm of Juventus.

The pressure is mounting over the Old Lady’s Chairman, who is still serving as the Super League vice president. Manchester United’s Ed Woodward was covering the same role but resigned as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman yesterday.

According to reports in England, Agnelli is considering resigning, but Juventus deny Agnelli has stepped down.

There have been plenty of reactions from players, fans and clubs over the last few hours, but today will be another day full of news and updates.

Follow them on the LIVEBLOG.


Super League: exit clauses revealed as question remains unanswered

According to a leaked document reported by The Financial Times, the remaining Super League clubs could sue those who are quitting, but a question remains unanswered.

The newspaper reports a leaked document revealing the Super League clubs ‘would have faced financial liabilities worth hundreds of millions for leaving the breakaway competition once it began’.

The Super League has collapsed only days after the announcement, as the football world protested the attempt to redraw European competitions.

The newspaper reveals three major points in a leaked document designed to lock Europe’s top teams into the Super League.

The initial 12 founding clubs – including Juventus, Milan and Inter – had agreed ‘exit clauses designed to keep them in the competition once the money was raised to fund this project’.

The Financial Times writes that the leaked document confirms the clubs ‘agreed not to abandon their new competition before June 2025, and thereafter would have to issue notice to leave at least a season in advance’.

If any clubs then decided to leave, the report reveals ‘they would have been liable to pay back money received from an initial infrastructure grant’.

The expected 15 founding clubs had intended to share €3.25bn, financed by JP Morgan Chase, and the newspaper reveals the ones leaving the competition would have to pay back their share.

The report claims the ‘exit clauses appear to be dependent on money flowing to the teams, which has not happened’ as the competition was announced only a few days ago.

Inter were the first Italian side to withdraw from the breakaway tournament officially and the leaked document claims the remaining clubs could sue the participants withdrawing from the competition.

It’s maybe no coincidence Juventus and Milan didn’t explicitly say they pull out of the competition in their official statements.

As the report points out, it remains unclear what liabilities the clubs face when choosing to withdraw, which remains the big unanswered question about the Super League.


Super League collapses: what happens now?

The Super League has collapsed, and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says ‘the important thing is to move on and rebuild the unity of the game,’ but what’s going to happen now?

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, one of the prominent architects of the Super League project, announced this morning the competition “can no longer progress.”

Neither the Bianconeri nor Milan have formally announced their withdrawal from the Super League but according to reports in Italy, the Rossoneri have pulled out from the competition.

Juventus also said that the clubs that have withdrawn from the Super League haven’t yet completed the necessary procedures.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the Premier League clubs back “in European football.”

“I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake. But now they are back in the fold and I know they have a lot to offer, not just to our competitions, but to all of European football,” he said this morning.

“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity the game enjoyed before this, and move forward together,” he added.

It is still unclear how the six Premier League clubs changed their mind so quickly, especially as Real Madrid President and Super League Chairman Florentino Perez seemed sure the law would have protected the 12 breakaway clubs against UEFA.

At the same time, Agnelli stressed the Super League was a “blood pact.”

JP Morgan had revealed they would finance the new competition and haven’t reacted since the project collapsed.

According to the Financial Times, the clubs involved would have faced financial liabilities worth hundreds of millions of euros for leaving the competition once it began. It also adds the remaining Super League clubs have the option to sue those who are quitting, which could explain why Juventus and Milan haven’t formally announced their exit.

At the same time, exit clauses also appear dependent on money flowing to the teams, which has not yet happened, the FT reports. 

UEFA will launch a reformed Champions League from 2024, possibly with a boosted budget. The European football governing body is reportedly in talks with an investment fund for a €6 billion financing package.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the new Champions League could be launched earlier than 2024, but Perez criticised the new format on Monday night, saying that it “makes no sense.”

Also, it appears difficult for Agnelli to continue to represent Juventus within the European institutions considering Ceferin said: “I’ve never seen a person lie as much as him.”

Agnelli had negotiated a new format for the Champions League and other European competitions as the President of ECA, a role he left on Sunday after the Super League was announced.

Real Madrid and Barcelona haven’t released official statements yet, while Juventus and Milan haven’t formally withdrawn from the competition. However, it appears clear the Super League will not take place.

A UEFA Executive Committee is scheduled for tomorrow. The “former” Super League clubs still involved in European competitions are not likely to be banned, as appeared from reports on Monday.

At a domestic level, Juventus, Inter and Milan have made enemies for themselves with Torino Chairman Urbano Cairo, who urged Inter’s CEO Beppe Marotta and Milan President Paolo Scaroni to step down from their FIGC duties.


Super League: the differences between Serie A and the Premier League

Andrea Pirlo and Stefano Pioli didn’t speak out against the Super League, mirroring many Serie A fans, while things have been very different in England.

The Juventus and Milan coaches met the media ahead of Wednesday’s Serie A clashes.

Juventus will host Parma, while Milan face Sassuolo at the San Siro.

Pirlo revealed Andrea Agnelli spoke to the team about the Super League “without going into details” and insisted both he and his players “are only focused on tomorrow’s game and gaining a Champions League spot.”

Pioli didn’t even mention the Champions League and said this is not the right time to talk about the Super League.

One of the Serie A coaches to express his disapproval of the new competition with Sassuolo’s Roberto De Zerbi, who was particularly harsh, claiming he would prefer not to play against Milan on Wednesday.

Antonio Conte didn’t hold a press conference ahead of Inter’s away game against Spezia.

It appears Juventus and Milan agreed with their coaches not to take any position regarding the matter – that is perhaps most understandable from the Juve side, given the involvement of President Andrea Agnelli in the project.

It’s also may be no coincidence that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to comment on the Super League on Tuesday, unlike some of his Premier League counterparts. Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola took a position against the Super League over the last 24 hours.

“Sport is not a sport when success is guaranteed and when the relationship between the effort and reward don’t exist. It’s not a sport when it doesn’t matter if you lose. It’s not fair if teams fight at the top and cannot qualify,” the Manchester City boss said.

“I have no issues with the Champions League. I like the competitive aspect of football. I like the fact that West Ham can play in the Champions League next year, I don’t want them to, because we want to qualify, but I like that they have the chance,” Klopp argued.

“My feelings about a Super League haven’t changed. I heard about it for the first time yesterday. We’ve got some information, not a lot, to be honest. It’s a tough one. People are not happy, I can understand that, but I cannot say a lot more because we were not involved in any processes: not the players. We will have to wait and see how it develops.”

Back in 2019, the German tactician had claimed the Super League “will not happen.”

The lack of reactions from the three Italian clubs involved in the Super League has mirrored that of their fans. Neither Juventus, Inter nor Milan fans were as loud in their protests as some English fans have been.

Chelsea supporters, meanwhile, seem to have played a key role in convincing the board to withdraw from the Super League.


Official: Man City abandon Super League

An emergency meeting is being held tonight between the 12 Super League breakaway clubs, as Manchester City officially pull out.

City released a statement this evening confirming they were working to exit the agreement.

“Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”

That was immediately followed by a statement from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

“I am delighted to welcome City back to the European football family. They have shown great intelligence in listening to the many voices – most notably their fans – that have spelled out the vital benefits that the current system has for the whole of European football.

“As I said at the UEFA Congress, it takes courage to admit a mistake, but I have never doubted that they had the ability and common sense to make that decision.”

The 12 founding clubs are Juventus, Inter, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.

It had already been reported that Chelsea and Manchester City prepared the paperwork to legally pull out of the scheme.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta said that he would not ratify their entry unless the Assembly of associates votes for it.

The Liverpool players all released a simultaneous statement declaring they were “against” the Super League.

An emergency meeting is being held over Zoom between the 12 clubs, with the project set to fall apart less than 48 hours after it was first unveiled.

Manchester United announced that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role “at the end of 2021.”

The long statement, including a quote from co-chairman and vice-chair of the Super League Joel Glazer made no mention whatsoever of the Super League.