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Juventus Abandons European Super League, Rejoins ECA

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Italian club Juventus dealt a significant blow to the proposed European Super League by opting to rejoin the European Club Association (ECA), aligning with the majority of clubs opposing the breakaway competition.

Juventus had previously joined Real Madrid and Barcelona in advocating for a new tournament to supplant the Champions League.

However, Juventus has now decided to realign with the ECA, a coalition of 600 teams vehemently opposed to the formation of a Super League.

“They are back. It is great,” said ECA chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “The club has an amazing history. We are proud they are back to their family. I also call the others to be back.”

Madrid and Barcelona stand as the sole clubs pursuing the formation of a proposed Super League, despite previous failed attempts due to fan backlash in 2021.

Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, remains resolute in his efforts, buoyed by a December ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union favoring breakaway league attempts.

However, Perez lacks support from many leading clubs.

The initial proposal involved 12 prestigious European clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan.

The envisaged 20-team elite tournament aimed to shield 15 top sides from relegation.

Following subsequent withdrawals, Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus persisted in their pursuit until Juventus also withdrew last year, leaving only Madrid and Barcelona.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, also president of Paris Saint-Germain, addressed the ECA Executive Committee meeting in London.

He expressed his desire for Madrid and Barcelona to emulate Juventus’ decision, emphasizing that a Super League dominated by only two teams “doesn’t make sense.”

“They can play two teams, home and away for 20 matches?”, he said. “It is not for anyone’s interest. They are going against their (own) interests today.”

“I heard yesterday they (Madrid) talked about the love story between Madrid and the Champions League. On the other hand they want to destroy the Champions League. You love or you hate. You want to destroy the thing you hate?” Al-Khelaifi said.

Al-Khelaifi said he would welcome discussion with Madrid and Barcelona about rejoining the ECA.“It’s really important for us and for them.”

This article was updated 3 weeks ago



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