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Premier League clubs withdraw from European Super League plans

London (AFP) – Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham joined Manchester City in withdrawing from proposals for a European Super League (ESL) on Tuesday as the controversial plan collapsed amid a furious backlash.

Chelsea are reportedly set to follow leaving just six sides: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus still involved in the project.

Reaction to the plans has been scathing, with politicians and football authorities threatening to take legal action against the so-called “dirty dozen”, who were told they faced potential bans from domestic and continental competitions.

“Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League,” the 20-time English champions said in a statement.

“We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.

“We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”

United also announced on Tuesday that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will leave his role by the end of the year.

The 20-team ESL was designed by the European giants to guarantee revenue from regular matches against one another without the risk of failing to qualify for 15 founder members.

However, the plan was fiercely criticised by even their own players and managers for acting as a closed shop.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson posted his disapproval of the plans on behalf of the squad on Twitter.

In a statement, Liverpool said: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.

“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”

Arsenal went further by apologising to supporters for misjudging the move to sign up to proposals.

“It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future,” the Gunners said in a statement.

“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”

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  1. Brendan

    April 21, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Only course of action .These owners should be forced to sell the clubs

  2. Rick

    April 20, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    So wondering when the other shoe will eventually drop or, and the more likely scenario, the slow bleed to the inevitable change in the status quo involving mostly the PL and WSL. Consider it more a proof of concept to gauge money, television, and legal hurdles. To say that they didn’t expect the response from fans and ultimate outcome of the Super League dissolving is beyond naive. Promotion and relegation will always be apart of European football however the amount of money currently, especially in England will likely start flowing out because at the end of the day sheets have to be balanced and risk reduced. The question is where does that money start to move along with considerable amounts of talent and investment. Maybe be a good time to examine who owns what across the globe.

  3. Mercator

    April 20, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    UK Government should impose a severe tax on Football Clubs with a certain amount of revenue. Set the cutoff right under whatever the 6th biggest clubs brings in. Chelsea and City can pony up for the good of the game, and the other 4 bums can sell the club. Funnel a good amount of revenues to the FA for the rest of the pyramid. I’m not sure how these owners thought they could just make off with something so important to so many voters, but pressure now needs to be on the government to make it clear you will not profit from these sort of schemes using British football clubs.

  4. Michael F

    April 20, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    New headline just posted on the Athletic: “ European Super League ‘reconsiders steps to reshape’ as English clubs leave”. 😂

  5. Jesus

    April 20, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    That was quick. It shows how clueless these owners are about football. Unfortunately any sanction against these clubs in the form of non-participation in next year’s CL or deduction of points would be unfair to the players and managers since they were not part their club’s decision, and most were against the idea of a super league. The supporters of these clubs should insist on new ownership and force the owners to sell their clubs. The trust between owners and supporters has been broken and so is the trust between owners and their players and managers.
    These owners might have stood a better chance of their supporters understanding why they were doing this if they had been transparent during the process rather than come up with this scheme on the quiet.

  6. Mike Zale

    April 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    The damage is already done. All of them should be deducted an amount of points that would preclude them from participating in next season’s Champions/Europa Leagues.

  7. SaintsFan

    April 20, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Bottle jobs.
    Would be great if they were now banned from all English competitions and just had to play with each other (I’ve heard they’re good at that) every week.
    They’d soon find out just how ‘super’ they were then.
    Give it a couple of years and they’ll try it again.

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