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Although all six Premier League big teams were part of the European Super League, reports have it that Chelsea were a bit reluctant to join the closed league, and Blues owner Roman Abramovich was furious with himself for letting the club down after Chelsea fans protested at the club’s decision.
Meanwhile, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been identified as the main ringleader behind the plans.
According to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, a Premier League director said Woodward “was the ringleader of all aggressive acts against the rest of our league. This was the latest. He had more up his sleeve too.”
Woodward is believed to have strong connection with investment bank JP Morgan, who also underwrote the Glazer family’s scandalous takeover of United and were set to borrow money again to finance the ESL.
Meanwhile, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin on Monday slammed clubs involved in plans for a breakaway Super League and launched stinging attacks on Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli as well as Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
“I’ve seen many things in my life. I’ve been a criminal lawyer for 20 years but I’ve never seen people like that,” said the Slovenian.
Speaking particularly on Woodward, Ceferin said: “If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he wanted to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else.”
Ceferin added: “We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us. Now we know.”