Agreeing that the controversial football Super League was officially dead in the water, Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli searched for a scapegoat and landed on … Brexit.
The president of Juventus, apparently one of the main architects of the rebel league, told Reuters he had heard “speculation” that “if six teams had split up and threatened the EPL. [English Premier League], politics would have seen this as an attack on Brexit and its political project. “
While admitting the concept was no longer feasible, Agnelli claimed people lied to him about their interest in the project.
“I’m not going to say how many clubs contacted me in just 24 hours asking if they could join,” he said, without naming them. “Maybe they lied, but I was contacted by a number of teams asking what they can do to join.”
Aleksander Čeferin, the president of UEFA, the governing body of European football, on Monday described Agnelli and other separatist plotters as “snakes” and liars.
Still, in comments that may raise eyebrows across the continent, Agnelli lamented the state of football governance, saying: “I don’t think our industry is particularly sincere, trustworthy or reliable in general. “
The Super League, launched to political dismay and fan unrest on Sunday night, collapsed Wednesday morning after the withdrawal of several clubs.