The four remaining Premier League clubs in the European Super League—Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham— joined Chelsea and Manchester City in withdrawing from controversial competition. The 12-team Super League, which includes these English sides, was widely criticized by the football world. Follow us for more Premier League fantasy football odds.
Earlier this week, Europe’s leading football clubs have agreed to establish the ESL, with Premier League’s “big six” along with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid have been announced as the “founding clubs”. This competition was designed to guarantee revenue from more regular matches against one another without the risk of failing to qualify for 15 founder members.
This new European league has been heavily criticized by European, domestic and world football governing bodies, fan organizations and politicians. The Premier League and FA in a joint statement said that they “remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project”, while UEFA has threatens to ban ESL players from competing in Euro 2020 and World Cup. Catch latest EPL predictions now.
City were the first club to go public with their decision to abandon the project, saying they have “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”. Chelsea was also reportedly backed out of the competition, followed by United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. Italian club AC Milan was also rumored to be dropping out.
In a statement, Arsenal explained: “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 London club also highlighted that they made a “mistake” and apologized to their stakeholders.
United also released their statement saying they “have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.” The statement added: “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.”
Liverpool also released a brief statement confirming their withdrawal to the proposed competitions, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he regretted the “anxiety and upset” caused as he confirmed the club had “formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL).” Chelsea was the last to confirm their exit from the new league.
That leaves just six sides – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – still involved in the project. Following these withdrawals, these English clubs involved in the ESL will be welcomed back into UEFA once they leave the breakaway competition. The competition is also expected to go nowhere.
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