All the ‘big six’ English Premier League clubs, namely Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur, have announced their withdrawal from the European Super League.
This follows widespread criticism by football fans, who condemned the formation of the new mid-week competition.
The competition’s announcement on Sunday, 18th April, made by the 12 founding clubs that included three clubs from Italy, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, and three from Spain, namely Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid.
The withdrawal of six English clubs has weakened the European Super League’s position.
The Super League had declared that the current status quo of European football needed to change.
“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work. It will also provide a materially enhanced solidarity payment to all football stakeholders. Given the current circumstances, we will reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project.
According to the ESL, its proposed aim is to allow sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the football community as a result of the Covid pandemic.
It also aims at providing materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.
“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 as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.
“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possibly while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”