Inter set to follow AC Milan’s lead and withdraw from Super League

Italian giants Inter are to withdraw from the collapsing Super League, following in the footsteps of the six Premier League sides and rivals AC Milan - who have all stepped away from the controversial project.Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur joined six other European heavyweights in becoming the founding members of the breakaway Super League, but worldwide condemnation from supporters, players and those working in the game has caused an abrupt u-turn.Inter look set to back down from this proposal | Visionhaus/Getty ImagesThey all officially withdrew from the competition on Tuesday night, as did AC Milan. Now, the BBC'sSimon Stone reports that Inter will be the next side to withdraw, further denting Real Madrid president Florentino

AC Milan become first non-English team to withdraw from Super League

Milan have become the first non-English team to withdraw from the proposed Super League, according to reports. After being announced on Sunday evening, the breakaway competition has gone down like a lead balloon with anyone other than the 12 clubs involved. ? AC Milan out of proposed European Super League @TheAthleticUK #ACMilan #europesuperleague #esl— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 20, 2021Following fervent criticism from players, managers and pundits alike, as well as significant fan protest, the six Premier League sides involved in the competition pulled out of the Super League on Tuesday night, and they are now set to be joined by Milan. That's according to the Athletic's David Ornstein, who has reported that the Rossoneri are set to become the

Milan chief Ivan Gazidis claims Super League is good for football

Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis has claimed that the Super League will be good for football. The Rossoneri were revealed as one the founding members of the breakaway competition on Sunday, alongside Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter. It is planned that they will be joined by the Premier League's big six and La Liga's big three, as well as eight other top sides. Three of these will be founding members while the rest will need to qualify - though the specifics of this are not clear. Since the plans were announced they have been heavily criticised by nearly everyone, and Man City and Chelsea have set plans in motion to pull out. Despite this, Gazidis is remaining blindly optimistic."We're

De Zerbi furious about Super League: ‘I don’t want to play against Milan’

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi is so furious about the Super League that he would prefer not to play against Milan tomorrow. The Neroverdi face Milan at the Stadio San Siro on Wednesday. It kicks off at 17.30 GMT. The Rossoneri are among the founding members of the Super League and De Zerbi claimed he would prefer not to play against them tomorrow. “I don’t like to play against Milan because they are part of these three clubs, but if [Sassuolo’s CEO Giovanni] Carnevali forces me, of course, I will go,” the coach told Sassuolo Channel. “I am so angry I spoke about this with the lads for 30 minutes yesterday,” he added. “Sometimes it’s right to stop, as we used to do at school, I

Super League clubs don’t care about the old fans

Something is scary about the European Super League: the methodical ruthlessness and calmness of the members. This looks well planned, and its announcement was executed to show how little they care about the consequences, including the possibility of being kicked out of this season’s European competitions. They have a monumental backer, they are ready for the courts and it feels like they have ambushed football and are prepared to blitzkrieg the existing structure. There is an inevitable feeling that nobody can stop them. Casumo Betting would make surely make it odds-on the Super League comes to fruition. Imagine this. The year is 2027, Real Madrid have just beaten Juventus to the European Super League title for the third year running, in fact

UEFA’ in talks’ to boost Champions League budget

According to Bloomberg, UEFA is in talks with an investment fund to boost the Champions League budget with a €6 billion financing package. The plan has emerged after 12 elite European clubs announced the Super League on Sunday. UEFA has warned clubs and players attending the tournament would be banned from any other competition. On Tuesday, UEFA released a new statement to condemn the Super League, while Real Madrid President Florentino Perez reiterated the new competition will "save football." UEFA has also announced a new Champions League format from 2024 and according to Bloomberg, the European football's governing body is in talks to boost the budget for the competition. "UEFA is in discussions with Centricus Asset Management over a €6 billion ($7.2 billion) financing package to

Bernardeschi has recovered from COVID

Juventus announce that Federico Bernardeschi has recovered from COVID-19 and will join the team for training tomorrow morning. The versatile midfielder had contracted the Coronavirus during international duty with Italy, part of a larger outbreak that affected around a dozen people between players and staff. Bernardeschi has posted two negative COVID tests in consecutive days. It means he has now recovered from the virus and is given the all-clear to end his self-isolation. A statement from Juventus confirms he will join the team for training tomorrow morning. It remains to be seen if he will be involved in tomorrow evening’s Serie A match with Parma.

‘Method and timing’ of Super League stunned Gravina

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina felt the Super League project was in the works, but was surprised by the ‘method and timing’ of the announcement. The announcement by 12 breakaway clubs last night, including Juventus, Inter and Milan, shook the world of football to its core. “I think the last two years have been a continual emergency situation, so we will face this moment with the usual competence,” Gravina told Sky Sport Italia. “It was a bolt from the blue. There were a few warning signs here and there, but the method and the timing of the announcement really was unexpectedly violent. “I would like to thank all those who are building an unbreakable wall, because as far as I am concerned, the people who

Giulini: ‘Super League end of football’

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini worries the Super League would represent ‘if not the end of football, then certainly the end of that football that made me fall in love.’ The outrage after the announcement of 12 breakaway clubs setting up a Super League continues to generate waves through the world of football. “This is football, you win and more often than not you lose. It happens. But without the dream of every single fan, football is meaningless,” wrote Cagliari patron Giulini. “All fans are united by one single immense desire to dream. This land, proud and dignified, taught me that you must never give up and can always dream. You might lose, but you must not stop dreaming as long as the ball

Roma lose Pedro for 10 days

Roma forward Pedro Rodriguez will reportedly be out of action for 10 days with a muscular injury, so he’d miss the Europa League semi-final. According to Sky Sport Italia, the Spaniard sustained a Grade I lesion to the flexor in his right leg. He is expected to be on the treatment table for 10 days. This would mean missing the upcoming showdown with Atalanta and at least the first leg of the Europa League semi-final with Manchester United. It’s the latest in a long series of muscular injuries for the Giallorossi.

Report: Chelsea and Man City withdraw from Super League

Multiple sources claim tonight that Chelsea and Manchester City are pulling out of the Super League, which could scupper the whole project. BBC Sport reporter Dan Roan first broke the news for Chelsea, but it was confirmed by multiple sources, including The Times and The Telegraph. Now The Sun is reporting that Manchester City had also decided to pull out, especially as they were the last club to sign on last night. Chelsea are said to be preparing the official paperwork to pull out of their commitment to the Super League. This would leave only 11 clubs: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. The news was greeted with jubilation by fans who had gathered outside

Pioli ‘never mentioned Champions League’

Milan coach Stefano Pioli never mentioned the Champions League in his pre-match press conference today. The press office reportedly warned journalists they would only accept one question about the Super League. Pioli held a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, ahead of tomorrow’s Serie A clash against Sassuolo. According to Sky Sport Italia, the press office warned journalists attending the presser that they would only accept one question about the Super League. “I listen to the advice from my club that asked me to focus on our job and our goals. We’ll evaluate what happens in the future. This is not the right time to talk about it,” Pioli said. When a second reporter tried to ask something about the new competition, the press office urged

Napoli offered the chance to become fourth Serie A side join the Super League

Serie A outfit Napoli are understood to have been offered the opportunity to become the fourth Italian side to participate in the Super League.12 clubs have announced their intention to take part in the breakaway competition with Milan, Inter and Juventus making up the Italian contingent.Aurelio De Laurentiis has spoken of his desire to form a Super League in the past | Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty ImagesThe competition is planned to be made up of 20 clubs - 15 of which will be founder members who cannot be relegated - however, securing said founder members is proving to be tougher than the competition's organisers may have expected.Despite the Super League chairman Florentino Perez's insistence that Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern

UEFA confirm new CL format from 2024-25

The UEFA has responded to the Super League by approving the new format for the club competitions starting from 2024-25. The UEFA’s official website confirmed the reforms came ‘after extensive consultation and received unanimous support from the ECA board of directors and the UEFA club competitions committee last Friday’. And the changes have been designed to ensure a bright future for European football at all levels and ‘meet the needs of all’. The UEFA wrote the new format confirms ‘the common commitment to the principle of open competition and sporting merit across the continent, the common purpose is also to support the national championships’. The new Champions League will increase from 32 to 36 teams. It will lead to the transformation from the traditional

Italy PM Draghi backs UEFA in Super League row

Italy PM Mario Draghi supports UEFA and the domestic leagues 'to preserve national competitions, meritocratic values and the social function of sport.' "The government closely follows the debate around the Super League project and strongly supports the positions of the Italian and European football authorities to preserve national competitions, meritocratic values and the social function of sport," Draghi wrote in an official statement. A joint statement by 12 of the most storied European clubs, including Juventus, Inter and Milan, announced the Super League on Sunday. It's a tournament formed by 15 of the wealthiest and most storied clubs in Europe, plus five more clubs that qualify through domestic competitions. UEFA said it will consider "all measures available against the creation of a Super League: a

Injured Chiesa to miss Parma clash

Juventus winger Federico Chiesa will miss Wednesday's Serie A clash against Parma, but the tests he underwent this morning excluded muscle injuries. Chiesa was replaced in the second half of Sunday's Atalanta-Juventus with muscle problems. "This morning, Federico Chiesa underwent diagnostic tests at J|Medical that excluded muscle injuries and highlighted an elongation of the hamstring muscles of the left thigh. He will be re-evaluated in the coming days," Juventus' official statement reads. According to several reports in Italy, Chiesa will miss Wednesday's mid-week clash against Parma. The former Fiorentina winger has 13 goals and 11 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions with the Old Lady so far this season.

Rossi lashes out against Super League

Former Serie A and Italy star Giuseppe Rossi says the owners of the 12 Super League clubs ‘only care about their pocket’ and hits back at fans supporting the new competition. The former Genoa and Fiorentina retweeted a Sky Sports video where Gary Neville said he is ashamed by Manchester United and Liverpool and called the Super League “a criminal act.” “Well said Gary. Absolute JOKE!!!” Rossi wrote. Well said Gary. Absolute JOKE!!! — GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) April 19, 2021 Another tweet from the ex-Italy striker followed that. “Who else thinks this Super League b******t is a joke??? I’m hoping every soccer/football fan in the world realizes how damaging this is to our game.” Who else thinks this Super League bullshit is a joke??? I’m hoping

Gravina speaks out against Super League

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina speaks out against the Super League: 'It damages European football.' Gravina is attending the UEFA Executive Committee in Montreux today and confirmed the FIGC firmly stands against the project of a Super League, which had been announced by 12 European clubs, including Juventus, Inter and Milan, on Sunday. Here's what we know about the Super League so far and today's latest updates. "I repeat our no to the Super League. The only reform possible is the one born from the UEFA proposal on the Champions League, any attempt to escape is not permissible and damages European football,” Gravina commented. “Joining this project puts the clubs outside the context recognized by FIFA. "The sporting and cultural heritage of the individual

Boniek aims dig at Juventus over Super League

Poland FA President Zbigniew Boniek taunts Juventus saying: 'It is useless to lock up the best teams in Europe in their own league if some of them can't even win against the little Atalanta.' Boniek, a former Roma and Juventus forward, is now serving as the head of the Poland football federation and is attending the UEFA Executive Committee in Montreux today. He had already expressed his discontent with the Super League earlier today by sharing the latest ECA Announcement on Twitter. "Someone is making a bad impression here," he wrote. Qualcuno sta facendo una brutta figura, per non dire figura di ...... #SuperLeaque — Zbigniew Boniek (@BoniekZibi) April 18, 2021 He then gave an interview to Sky Sport Italia, aiming a dig at

Official: Lautaro Martinez recruits Hakimi’s agent

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez dumped his representatives and recruited Achraf Hakimi's agent Alejandro Camano. There have been several rumours regarding the decision of the Argentinean striker to change his representatives, and Camano’s Footfeelsports released an official statement today. “We are thrilled to announce that Lautaro Martinez has joined theFootball Team,” the statement reads. “Lautaro, also known as El Toro, is one of the most impressive soccer players around the globe.We are pumped to have Lautaro in our family. Big things are coming on and off the pitch.” Camano is also the representative of Achraf Hakimi, who joined Inter in a €40m deal from Real Madrid in the summer. Lautaro had been linked with a move to Barcelona but has recently announced he will extend his contract