Hours before Agnelli gave up Super League dream he said ESL would compete with Call of Duty, FIFA & Fortnite
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European Super League can’t go ahead without ‘big six
The European Super League has now all but officially collapsed.
The concept was only introduced on Sunday but has now seemingly fallen apart.
All six of the Premier League sides who originally joined the competition announced on Tuesday evening that they would be leaving.
Now, on Wednesday morning, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has stated that plans for a European Super League can no longer go ahead without the English sides:
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has said the ‘European Super League’ can no longer go ahead without the Premier League ‘big 6’ after they all pulled out last night pic.twitter.com/DKpIvKivhV
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 21, 2021
Agnelli compares ESL to video games
Before he stated that the ESL could not go ahead, though, the Italian produced some rather interesting quotes.
When speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Agnelli claimed that the ‘Super League simulates what young people do on digital platforms in competition with Call of Duty, FIFA or Fortnite’.
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli to @CorSport:
“The Super League simulates what young people do on digital platforms in competition with Call of Duty, FIFA or Fortnite.” 🚮
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 21, 2021
In further quotes on the ESL, the Juventus chairman claimed 40 per cent of 15-24-year-olds have no interest in football and that they needed a competition capable of opposing what they reproduce on digital platforms, which he seemingly saw as the Super League, which is now all but finished as a concept in its current form.
“We want to stay close to our fans. Our will is to create a competition that can bring benefits to the entire football pyramid, substantially increasing what is distributed to other clubs.
“A competition, I emphasise, which remains open and provides five places available to the other clubs. The nutrition of the youth sectors is maintained. The biggest problem with the football industry is stability.
“40 per cent of 15-24-year-olds have no interest in football. We need a competition capable of opposing what they reproduce on digital platforms, transforming the virtual into real.
“Football is no longer a game but an industrial sector and stability is needed. Even at home. In Europe, the game that is worth the most is not the Champions League final but the play-offs of the English first division to access the Premier League: 150 million. This is not stability.
“We need strict economic and financial rules such as those established in the Super League.”