Juventus President Andrea Agnelli participated in the ECA General Assembly as the Chairman of the European Club Association and talked about the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on football.
“Collaboration and unity made us complete the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 and manage the pandemic in terms of executing our competitions,”
“Albeit we are no longer in full crisis, we are still very much impacted by the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic. We have no fans in the stadiums and our revenues continue to be severely impacted.
“Players have been tested to their physical limits as they are forced to play in a severely congested fixture list.
“The revenue losses are between 6.5 and 8.5 billion across the two seasons, about 360 first division clubs need cash injections for an amount of €6 billion.
“COVID-19 has posed some serious questions over the sustainability of our business and governance model.
He insisted there must be some changes in the game.
“There are too many games that are not competitive, both at a domestic and international level.
“Fans can’t be taken for granted and we have to deliver the best possible competition for them or we risk of losing them.
“That’s why I welcome the conversation that us, as ECA, have had in the last couple of months with UEFA for the development of the game.
“Although not present here, I’d like to thank President Ceferin for the arguments and almost the fights we had from October to December.
“But they have been very productive arguments and fights.”