Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has admitted the European Super League cannot go ahead after the majority of its founding members, including Premier League's 'Big Six' clubs, withdrew from the project following intense backlash from across the footballing world.
The Super League, which had 12 of Europe's top clubs signed up for it, was announced on Sunday night, amid protestations from the likes of UEFA, who threatened to impose ban on teams, who participate in the largely closed league, from domestic and international competitions.
Following unprecedented backlash from fans, former and current players, and pundits alike, several teams pulled out of the competition, leaving the breakaway league plans in tatters. Manchester City, who were the last team team to sign up for the ESL, became the first to officially withdraw from it, and they were soon joined by Premier League's other five clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have also officially pulled out of the league.
Asked whether the project could still happen after the exits, Agnelli told Reuters [via Guardian]: "To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case." But, Agnelli also insisted that he remains 'convinced of the beauty of that project' and that it would have created 'the best competition in the world'.