The proposed European Super League appears to collapse after a fierce backlash following threats from fans and football officials by all six English clubs. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal were six of the 12 clubs that entered the separatist competition that guaranteed seats each year and gave billions of dollars to the founding members. But the response to the plans has been harsh, with politicians and football owners threatening to take legal action against the so-called “dirty dozens”, who are said to face a possible ban from domestic and continental competitions.
City was the first to retire, followed by United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, and finally Chelsea – 48 hours after the Super League was first announced. This leaves only six Spanish and Italian teams – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus – still included.
Manchester United has announced the departure of Executive Vice President Ed Woodward, and Arsenal has apologized to fans for their “mistake”. “As a result of your listening and the wider football community in recent times, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake and we apologize for it,” an Arsenal statement said.
The Super League said it would emphasize ways to save the company, “the current system does not work.” “We will consider the most appropriate steps to reopen the project,” it said in a statement.
We will not be participating in the European Super League.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 20, 2021
UEFA President Alexander Ceferin said he was “delighted” and the English Football Association welcomed the comeback, praising fans for “his impressive and unequal voice”. Earlier, Ceferin addressed the owners, especially the Premier League teams, stating that there was still time for the clubs to retire. “Some would say it’s greed, some are completely ignorant of England’s football culture. There is still time to change your mind. everyone makes mistakes,” he said.
The running European champion Bayern Munich and the French giants Paris Saint-Germain strongly opposed the separatist league.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wrote a statement on behalf of the team on Twitter, “We do not like this and we do not want that. This is our collective position.” On the day of the intense drama, Manchester United announced that Woodward would leave his role at the end of 2021.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has issued a strong warning for weightlifting clubs that have signed up for ESL. Infantino told the UEFA Congress in Switzerland, “It is our job to protect the European Games model, so if some want to go their own way, they have to live with the results of their choice.”