Just three days after it was unveiled, the European Super League lies in tatters after the majority of its founding clubs withdrew from the elite project following a huge backlash from fans and football authorities.

Serie A club Juventus, regarded as one of the leading promoters of the league with Real Madrid, on Wednesday released a statement defending the "soundness of the project’s sport, commercial and legal premises" but acknowledged that it was unlikely to go ahead in its originally-conceived form due to the mass withdrawal of support by other clubs.EFE