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Lyon President Aulas Feels He Has Been Deceived By Juventus Chairman Andrea Agnelli

Ali Shibil Roshan
Agnelli has disappointed many with his role in the European Super League plans
Agnelli has disappointed many with his role in the European Super League plans / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas feels he has been deceived by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who he says had 'our full confidence'.

Agnelli was believed to be one of the key drivers behind the European Super League plans, which was announced late on Sunday night but now appears dead in the water after nine of its 12 founding members pulled out of the competition following intense backlash from across the footballing world.

Agnelli has certainly disappointed many, including the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and Lyon president Aulas, with his role in the proposed breakaway league. Aulas says he was disappointed by Agnelli's action and feels he has been deceived by the former European Club Association chairman.

"I discussed it with UEFA President [Aleksander] Ceferin in Montreux," Aulas told L’Equipe, as quoted by Football Italia. "I told him that on Sunday I had tried to call Andrea Agnelli and that he didn’t answer me.

"It's a situation that makes us uncomfortable because he had our full confidence and I myself was very close to him.

"There was a personal and professional relationship. The way it happened surprises even more than the action, and there’s immense disappointment for the man.

"I wanted him to tell us, Saturday or Sunday, that something was going to happen. He certainly had good reasons, but we weren’t aware of it and now he has created a real problem.

"I have the feeling that I have been deceived."