Juventus announced on Thursday that they have begun the process of withdrawing from the European Super League (ESL) project.
The Italian club stated that they have initiated discussions with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the two remaining clubs involved in the project.
“Following such discussions, and given the existing discrepancies on the interpretation of the relevant contractual terms applicable to the Super League Project, Juventus confirms that it has initiated the procedure to exit,” the Serie A club said.
Juventus stated that their departure would only be finalized and put into effect if it was authorized by Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Andrea Agnelli, the former chairman of Juventus and a key figure in the creation of the ESL project, received a 16-month ban from football on Monday due to irregularities in the club’s player payments. In November, Agnelli and the entire board resigned from the Turin club.
The Super League, which was established in April 2021, was a breakaway attempt by 12 of Europe’s top football clubs to gain control of the sport and its lucrative revenue from UEFA, the governing body of European football.
The plan fell apart in less than two days due to backlash from fans and players, resulting in Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid withdrawing their involvement.
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