Agnelli defends the Super League project for the last time as Juventus President
Andrea Agnelli defended the Super League in his last speech as Juventus President on Wednesday.
Agnelli and the other board members resigned on November 28 amid an investigation into the club's finances.
Maurizio Scanavino has been appointed as the club’s new CEO and Gianluca Ferrero will be confirmed asJuventus
’ President today.
“First of all, I want to remember to captains of Juventus who we recently lost, Castano and Vialli. I ask you to observe a minute’s silence,”
said Agnelli in today’s board of directors in Turin.
“I can’t hide my emotion, a chapter of Juventus’ history ends today.”
Juventus still are the biggest supporters of the Super League project alongReal Madrid
, and Agnelli played a key role in the failed project.
Agnelli explained why the Super League was necessary and defended his actions in his speech.
“We’ve seen transitions at Chelsea, Milan, Newcastle, Atalanta and Leeds. Consortiums like Chelsea, RedBird’s Milan, PIF’s Newcastle and Pagliuca for Atalanta,”
“We are witnessing an expanding phenomenon such as multi properties. CityGroup, RedBull, RedBird, 777.
“We have no certain data, but Goldman&Sachs is investing €1b in football, there is an interest in the sector.
“To me, Governors didn’t provide a suitable answer, they haven’t evolved and don’t see the difference between game and business.
“Differences are becoming more and more evident. As a UEFA member and ECA President, the analysis was clear. The system was not sustainable, and clubs were the only ones taking risks. There was disaffection from fans and we’ve often been criticised for highlighting this, which is becoming clear also to those managing the ‘middle’ level.
“Our proposal was to create an ecosystem for the leading European leagues to increase stability, keeping a balance between national and European competitions.
“Serie A has had only 68 teams since it became a unique league almost 100 years ago. It’s a system open to everyone based on sporting competitiveness. UEFA and ECA proposed it in 2019, then I don’t need to remember what happened. There was COVID and I don’t want to touch that part,” he continued.
“If I wanted to keep my privileged position as ECA President, I wouldn’t have taken certain decisions in 2021. European football needs structural changes otherwise, we will decline, favouring the Premier League, which will dominate.
“The current regulators do not want to hear about football’s problems. They are in a monopoly position and I hope the European Court will recognise UEFA’s dominant position.”
During Agnelli’s time as Juventus president since 2010, the team won 19 trophies, the Women’s team was established in 2017 and won five Serie A titles in a row.
Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri, and Andrea Pirlo were Juventus managers in Agnelli’s era. He also thanked Fabio Paratici and Beppe Marotta who worked as sporting directors.
Agnelli also confirmed that he would temporarily step down as a board member of Exor and Stellantis.
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