Chairman Andrea Agnelli, who could face trial over the club’s accounting, signed off on Wednesday with a plea for reform of European soccer to counteract the power of the English Premier League. Agnelli warns of Premier League dominance as he quits Juventus.
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As well as leaving Juventus, Agnelli also said he would step down from his board roles at carmaker Stellantis and Exor, the Agnelli family holding company which controls the football club. Prosecutors in Turin have requested that Agnelli, 11 other people, and the club stand trial over allegations of false accounting. Juventus, the most successful club in Italian soccer history, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
“I believed and still believe that European soccer needs structural reforms to tackle the future,” he said.
“Otherwise we are heading for inexorable decline for soccer in favor of a dominant league, the Premier League, which over a few years will attract all the European talent and marginalize the others,” he added.