Just three days after a group of 12 elite English, Spanish and Italian soccer clubs announced the founding of a breakaway European Super League, opposition to it has left the plan in tatters.
All six of the English soccer clubs involved pulled out Tuesday amid fierce and widespread criticism, and by Wednesday morning one of the league’s founders admitted the new venture was likely dead.
"I don't think that project is now still up and running," said Andrea Agnelli, chairman of the Italian soccer club Juventus.
Not long after his comments, the other Italian clubs and one of the Spanish clubs involved, Atlético Madrid, said to count them out too.
The league, which would have rivaled the pan-European Champions League organized by the European football body UEFA, was presented as a way to “provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football.”
But it was criticized as a greed-driven closed shop that shut off all but the richest teams in the sport.