Following the Premier League’s big six, Italian clubs have decided to pull out of the new breakaway competition.
AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, have followed the footsteps of Premier League’s big six to withdraw from the European Super League.
The 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Rossoneri and Premier League’s big six, shocked the world when they sanctioned a new breakaway competition on Monday.
But the new competition failed to take shape as the clubs started to pull out owing to the immense pressure they faced from the fans. Juventus, one of the founding members, reportedly conceded that the proposed league could not go ahead in the current structure. But the Spanish clubs – Real Madrid and Barcelona are still part of the European Super League initiative.
Manchester City and Chelsea were the first to show their disapproval by withdrawing from the league, and soon the rest of the Premier League clubs followed them.
Following AC Milan, their arch-rivals Inter Milan have also agreed to pull out of the league.
However, in the case of Juventus, the defending Serie A champions have reluctantly agreed to back out of the competition but insisted that they would remain committed to it.
A statement from Juve read: “In this context, while Juventus remains convinced of the soundness of the project’s sport, commercial and legal premises, it believes that at present there are limited chances that the project should be completed in the form originally conceived.
“Juventus remains committed to pursuing the creation of long-term value for the Company and the entire football industry.”
With reference to the press release published by Juventus Football Club S.p.A. on 19 April 2021, relating to the proposed creation of the Super League, and the ensuing public debate, the issuer clarifies to be aware of the request and intentions otherwise expressed by certain clubs to withdraw from this project, although the necessary procedures envisaged by the agreement among the clubs have not been completed.
In this context, while Juventus remains convinced of the soundness of the project’s sport, commercial and legal premises, it believes that at present there are limited chances that the project be completed in the form originally conceived.
Juventus remains committed to pursuing the creation of long-term value for the Company and the entire football industry.Juventus Statement on European Super League
Real Madrid and Barcelona are yet to act, and their delay has put them on the receiving end. Barca’s president Joan Laporta recently stated that the club would not join the newly proposed league if the socis – the deciding members of the club – don’t want to.
Madrid president Florentino Perez, also the chairman of the European Super League, spoke highly of the new competition and claimed that all the founding members had an agreement in principle to join them.
Now, Perez looks helpless at the moment as Juventus chief Agnelli and Manchester United’s Ed Woodward – two important members of the Super League – announced their resignations.
The only exception among the Spanish participants is Atletico Madrid, who confirmed recently that they wouldn’t be backing the newly proposed league.
Atlético de Madrid’s Board of Directors, which met on Wednesday morning, has decided to formally communicate to the Super League and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to finally formalise its adhesion to the project.
Atlético de Madrid took the decision on Monday to join the project due to circumstances that no longer exist today.
For the club, harmony between all the groups that make up the Red & White family, especially our fans, is essential.
The first team squad and the coach have expressed their satisfaction with the club’s decision, as they understand that sporting merits must prevail over any other criteria.Atletico Madrid Statement on European Super League