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Super League vice-chairman adamant it will go ahead despite Premier League exits


Super League vice-chairman Andrea Agnelli is determined to press on with the new league despite the Premier League six’s dramatic exits on Tuesday evening.

Agnelli says that a “blood pact” means that the league project is still moving forward, and he feels that it will have “a 100 per cent likelihood of success.”

Tuesday saw Chelsea become the first Premier League club to announce their intention to pull out following fan protests before their game against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City then became the first of the six to officially withdraw as they released a statement, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham all then pulling out at around the same time shortly before 11pm.

Chelsea then officially confirmed their removal from the process just before 1am.



Agnelli has seen all six English clubs exit the project

Despite all of those dramatic developments, Agnelli – the Juventus chairman and one of the driving forces behind a Super League for many years – is still adamant the league will succeed.

“There is a blood pact binding our clubs together,” he told Italian publication Repubblica.

“The Super League project is moving forward, it has a 100% likelihood of success.

“We are moving forward.”

On the prospect of peace talks with football’s governing bodies he added: “Yes to talks with UEFA and FIFA.”

As of Wednesday morning the remaining six founding clubs are still committed to the league, although that seems likely to change in the coming hours.



Chelsea fans protested against the league on Tuesday night
Chelsea fans protested against the league on Tuesday night

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says participation will be put to the club’s socio members, something that indicates they will drop out soon.

Reports in Spain says Atletico Madrid are also close to pulling out, while in Italy Inter Milan are also said to be on the brink.

That would leave just Agnelli’s Juventus, Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid and AC Milan as the last three clubs standing.

Speaking on Tuesday, Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “We’re confident that this new competition will capture the imagination of billions of soccer fans all over the world and will be a new, exciting chapter for the game.

“The Super League will provide value and support to the whole soccer pyramid with greater financial resources.”





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