D.he football is loved and feared as a projection screen for emotions, especially in passionate Italy. Now the announcement of the establishment of a Super League with the three largest Serie A clubs Juventus Turin, Inter Milan and AC Milan has raised emotions before the Super League was about to end again less than two days later.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi declared his solidarity with the other Serie A clubs and associations on Monday. “The government is closely following the debate on the project of a football super league and strongly supports the positions of the Italian and European football authorities to protect national competitions, the principles of achievement and the social function of sport,” it said in a statement . But that was it with style and serenity. In the face of this controversial coup, those affected presented themselves like indignant and rampantly cursing Tifosi in the fan curve.
The frustration of the competition
Especially Andrea Agnelli, president of the industry leader Juventus Turin, got the frustration of the disappointed competition. Urbano Cairo, president and owner of local rivals FC Turin, described him as “Judas” and “traitor”. As head of the European Club Association (ECA), Agnelli recently praised the reform of the Champions League as an “ideal model” and, as Juve President, campaigned for distribution issues in Serie A that were now compromised by the founding of the Super League.
“This is an assassination attempt on the health of an association like the league,” said Cairo. The Toro president added, “Apparently they trademarked the Super League project on January 10th. How can someone like that speak of solidarity here in the assembly when they have sabotaged the negotiations with the funds knowing that they are going to the Super League? “Agnelli and Inter-Sports Director Marotta are” traitors like Judas “.
“Europe in the football war” was the headline of the daily newspaper “La Repubblica” on Tuesday, the belligerent tones are intensifying especially in Italy, where Juventus boss Agnelli has been setting the tone since 2010 as president of the country’s most important club. Juventus won nine championships in a row under his aegis, the sporting performance dwarfs the successes of his ancestors, including grandfather Edoardo, uncle Gianni and father Umberto. Now the national competition is reviving the old stories of Andrea, who studied in Oxford and Milan, but also with Luciano Moggi, the notorious Juve sports director of the Calciopoli fraud scandal in 2006.
“Make decisions without looking back, in football as in life”, this is the motto that Agnelli learned from Moggi, writes “La Repubblica”. The currently staged Italian-European football drama would not be complete if it weren’t for the breaking of friendship between men. Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin described himself as a close confidante of Agnelli until the weekend, he is even godfather of one of the 45-year-old’s children. Now he said: “Andrea is the biggest disappointment. We spoke on Saturday and he assured me that the Super League was just rumors. I didn’t know that we had snakes below us. “
Angelli meanwhile continues to believe in the success of the Super League: “There is a blood brotherhood between our clubs, we will continue,” he said in an interview with the newspaper “La Repubblica” (Wednesday). There is 100 percent chance that the project will be successful. In Agnelli’s opinion, the project is right and they are ready to enter into a dialogue with the Uefa and Fifa associations.
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