The doomed Super League project “is ALIVE” – Club president revealed
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is refusing to give up hope for a European Super League and claims the project for a breakaway competition is very much ‘alive’.
Back in April a proposal for a 12-team league which included ;
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham
Moreover, the project was abandoned after 48 hours when fan pressure led to nine sides pulling out.
Along with the six Premier League sides, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid also withdrew
However, all nine have since rejoined the European Clubs‘ Association (ECA).
In addition, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have not returned to the ECA
But clubs still hold hope of delivering the ‘most attractive competition in the world’.
‘The Super League? The project is alive,’ Laporta told Onze TV.
‘UEFA cannot act against us. We will see what the courts say.’
‘All the pressure put on the English clubs is useless if the courts accept the project.’
‘If the Super League goes ahead, it will be the most attractive competition in the world and it will help a lot financially.’
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus hope the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg
Will rule in their favour and permit the concept of a Super League not run by UEFA.
Speaking at the ECA’s conference in Geneva on Monday
Ceferin fired a warning to Laporta and his Super League allies amid talk of them reviving their breakaway bid.
‘In 2020 and 2021 nothing has been normal,’ he said.
‘Now what we all want is to return to normality.’
‘But for that, it’s essential to maintain unity in the face of the misfortune and talkative Super League’
‘The ESL has been an episode, that we do not want to live again . We have to be united and be a model for football.’
Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli has lost his position as head of the ECA and has been replaced by Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Who never allowed the French side to be dragged into the Super League plans.
‘I will not spend much time talking about 18 April and the ‘not-so-Super League‘ because I do not like to focus on fabulists and failures,’
said Al-Khelaifi in Geneva in his first address as head of the ECA.
‘Together we defended the interests of European football for everyone.’
‘We relied on the resolve and strength of [UEFA] president [Aleksander Ceferin], who stood up to the midnight coup’
He said ‘we will win’ and we did.
‘While the three rebel clubs waste energies, twist narratives and continue to shout at the sky, the rest of us are moving forward.’