Former Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has harboured the ambition to create a European Super League for the continent’s most recognisable teams, and his former club still want the competition to be created, even after his departure.
The 47-year-old resigned in November 2022 due to the capital gains investigation, which saw the Bianconeri receive a 15-point penalty for financial fraud, and a new board was appointed in January 2023.
Juventus still want the Super League post-Agnelli
According to La Repubblica, the new Juventus board led by Gianluca Ferrero as chairman still want to proceed with the Super League and make the dream of their ex-president come to fruition.
Despite the points deduction handed down from the Federal Court of Appeal in Italy and UEFA’s investigation on the club, these events have not wavered the desire to create a breakaway competition from Europe’s governing body.
Agnelli persists with Super League dream despite initial backlash
With Andrea Agnelli having no direct involvement at Juventus anymore, the former Bianconeri president can dedicate his time to making the Super League a reality. However, he is still short on support for his project.
The competition was created in 2021 with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs planning to take part in it, but it received massive backlash, and several clubs pulled out.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his Barcelona counterpart Joan Laporta are just as keen to create the Super League, and there are reportedly other clubs eager to join the competition.
Should Juventus distance themselves from Agnelli?
Some may find it intriguing to see that Juventus would still want to have any involvement with Agnelli after he was forced to resign as chairman. Although his family have owned the club since the 1920s, he did not necessarily leave the Bianconeri on his own terms.
Given the controversy that the club has been embroiled in since November 2022, the new board might have been better advised to look to refresh the image of La Vecchia Signora. If Juventus were investigated for financial fraud under Agnelli’s stewardship, it’s reasonable to ask why his anti-UEFA stance should be listened to.