Earlier this week the unprecedented announcement of a planned Super League breakaway raised very thick dust within the football community. The breakaway teams are made up of the main and well-known football clubs in Europe.
They are 6 Premier League teams — Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal -3 Spanish big clubs- Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid and 3 Italian clubs- AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan.
This move was widely condemned by UEFA, Football communities, and fans across the continent.
Club fans took to the street to demonstrate their anger against this decision which was captained by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was named as the ESL’s chairman.
After the bitter denunciation of this decision by UEFA, football communities, and the club fans, the 6 English premier league teams have now withdrawn from the competition.
The first team to withdraw, Manchester City football club. And they confirmed it by saying “We have formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the Super League”.
Chelsea football club that just joined late last week, has started the formal withdrawal procedures from the group.
Next- Liverpool, they have discontinued their involvement in the breakaway Super League Competition. The president said they are sorry for the trouble they’ve caused their fans this past 48hrs.
According to BBC, Manchester United explained that they made their decision not to take part anymore after listening to the reaction from their fans, the UK government, and other key stakeholders. Their executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has announced that he will step down from his role at the end of 2021.
Arsenal wrote an open apology letter to their fans and football community and accepted that they made a big mistake by even considering it.
Tottenham Hotspur also apologized to their fans by openly saying that they regret the anxiety and upset caused by the proposal.
Later today, Inter and Athletico Madrid also withdrew from the competition.
One of the big clubs that the European Super League organizes waited for to join, was the french multimillion club, Paris Saint-German. The president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, confirms that he is with UEFA and will abide by their rules.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was glad for the change of heart by these clubs and said that it was good the clubs accepted their mistake.
He went ahead to say “They are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.
“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”
The breakaway announcement was made together with the English football big six but they pulled out when they saw the reaction of their fans who condemned it and took to the street to protest.
More than 1200 Chelsea fans were outside Stamford Bridge club to protest at their club involvement before their match against Brighton.
By Karen C