A.n Wednesday morning, when the revolution of the richest had collapsed after only 48 hours, one of its leaders also surrendered. The Italian Andrea Agnelli, president of Juventus Turin, told the Reuters news agency that the Super League, which his football club and eleven others from England, Italy and Spain had announced on Monday night, will not come after all. And when he then tried to explain why the idea that would have changed European football forever would only remain an idea, one suspected why the billion-dollar project failed. In their great attack, some of the most powerful men in professional football played like amateurs.
If you look back on those 48 hours, you will find many flaws in their public behavior. It started with Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid, who said in a Spanish TV interview that without the Super League, the clubs would be “all dead in 2024”, and that the financial and not the sporting motive would immediately be the focus moved. It continued with the owners of the English clubs having nothing to say when they were attacked by their fans, their league, their association and even their government. And it ended with Agnelli, who, now that the defeat could no longer be prevented, said a remarkable sentence: “I don’t think that our industry is fundamentally particularly sincere, trustworthy or reliable.” It almost sounded like it wanted to he say: What did you expect from us? That we are transparent and fair?
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