Is the Super League coming to an End? Amid heavy backlash from fans all six Premier League clubs involved in the European Super League (ESL) have now withdrawn from the competition.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal all confirmed that they were pulling out of the newly-formed competition as the European Super League (ESL) lost each member of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six, as a result, the future of the European Superleague is in serious doubt.
What did each club say?
The Arsenal board said they did not intend to “cause such distress” and that they joined the Super League because they “did not want to be left behind” and wanted to ensure the club’s future.
“Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward,” they added.
“We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.”
Manchester United said that they “remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game”.
Liverpool said the club had “received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally” before reaching their decision and thanked them for their “valuable contributions”.
Levy said that Tottenham felt it was “important” to take part in “a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid”.
He added: “We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
Chelsea said that after having had “time to consider the matter fully” they had decided that their “continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community”.
Manchester City said they have “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”.
Premier League clubs pull out, is the Super League coming to an end?
However, in a statement on Tuesday, the new competition remained defiant despite U-turns from all six English teams.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Super League declared that the new competition will “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project” in the aftermath of a number of high-profile withdrawals.
“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations,” the ESL said, adding it was “convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change”.
Which teams are still in the League?
Joining the English ‘Big Six’ as founders of the Super League were Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Barcelona‘s participation is in doubt as the club could withdraw from the newly-formed Super League if their members vote against their participation.
Reports in Italy, meanwhile, claim that Inter Milan are taking steps to leave the competition.