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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants to “bring back the happiness to football” after Super League debacle

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Can Karl-Heinz Rummenigge help lead the way back for harmony in Europe?

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to Tuttosport (as captured by Football Italia) and said he is looking forward to helping right the ship after the failed European Super League debacle.

“Bayern didn’t win, nor Rummenigge, but real football,” said Rummenigge. “The one we are all in love with. I’m known for being a man of dialogue and not of war. So the President of the UEFA, [Aleksander] Ceferin, asked me to give him a hand in order to solve the problems and start again after very difficult days for the world of football.”

As for how he viewed the Super League, Rummenigge found the whole episode “displeasing.”

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants to move forward after the Super League debacle.
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“I’m 65 and I have seen a lot in my life. These were not easy days, but the important thing is that the story is over. What happened is displeasing to everyone, even to those who gave birth to the Super League,” said Rummenigge. “On Tuesday evening I heard from Ferran Soriano, the CEO of Manchester City, and in addition to acknowledging my retirement, he apologized for the incident. After him, apologies from many clubs arrived. They were very wrong, but that’s not what interests me now. The important thing is to come out of the crisis with intelligence.”

From here, Rummenigge just wants to look forward and not dwell on the recent mistakes made by those 12 ill-fated clubs.

“I would immediately bring back happiness, harmony and loyalty to the whole world of football,” Rummenigge said. “Unfortunately, I don’t have it, so we’ll have to work. Let’s wait to see for the storm to calm down, then we will focus on dialogue. President Ceferin, and I think like him, has reassured me in the last few hours that he has no intentions of closing the door in the face of anyone.”

One of the primary figures taking heat for the Super League idea is Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli. Rummenigge is not sure that the relationship between Ceferin and Agnelli can be salvaged.

“I don’t know if peace between the two will be possible,” Rummenigge remarked. “Ceferin is very disappointed. That said, the Super League was made up of 12 teams, not just by Agnelli.”

As for his own outreach to Agnelli, Rummenigge downplayed reports that Agnelli was not answering his calls. The Bayern Munich CEO indicated that he has not attempted to call Agnelli as of yet because of the timing of everything.

“No, but by my choice,” said Rummenigge. “This is not the time to call him. It’s not important to speak quickly. Better let it boil down. Then I will understand from Andrea the reason that led him to behave in that way and with dialogue, we will all come out together. I don’t exclude anything.”