One of the founders of the controversial European Super League (ESL) has conceded that the competition can no longer go ahead now that the six Premier League teams have bolted out.

Breakaway ESL founder and Juventus Chairman Andrea said the league can no longer go ahead after six English clubs withdrew.

Plans were unveiled on Sunday for a midweek European Super League featuring 20 teams, which would include 15 founder members who would not be subject to possible relegation

The 12 teams who had signed up included Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham from the Premier League, three clubs from La Liga, and three from Serie A, including Agnelli’s Juventus.

However, following condemnation of the plans from figures throughout the sport and a wave of fan protests, the six Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday that they were withdrawing from the plans.

When asked whether the project could still happen after the exists, Agnelli said “To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case”


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