All six English clubs have announced that they have withdrawn from the controversially proposed European Super League.
Chelsea were the first club to announce that they were standing down ahead of kick-off in their 1-1 draw against Brighton this evening, after mass crowds gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the Super League plans,
In a short statement, the club spoke of their continued involvement as not ‘in the best interests of the Club, our supporters or the wider football community.’
Manchester City followed with an announcement at 9:23pm BST on their social media feeds, before Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all jointly declared their exits at 10:55pm BST.
These decisions now brings an end to a dramatic 48 hours in English Football following the initial breakaway announcement, although there is expected to be repercussions for all six clubs within the coming days if not months.
“We made a mistake”
Arsenal released an open apology letter to their fans in which they admitted that they underwent a period of “further reflection and deep thought”, which led them to decide to resign from the project.
Explaining that they had purely accepted their invite purely to avoid being “left behind” and acted in order to protect the club and its future moving forward.
Arsenal however noted the ferocious backlash from fans and rivals clubs throughout the “wider football community” on top of political figures, eventually admitting that “We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
Accepting that they have destroyed trust between supporters and the club, Arsenal’s board admitted that restoring “your faith” will be a long process that requires time.
The club however iterated that their decision to join this project was motivated by “… our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.”
“better ensure financial fair play…”
Tottenham also confirmed their withdrawal from the Super League despite Owner and Chairman, Daniel Levy arguing that joining this project was effectively in the interests of the game.
Explaining that the decision to initially join the league was driven by financial fairness, Levy said; “We felt it was important … (that we) sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.”
Levy however admitted that he feels that football “should never stand still” with constant reviews of competitions and governance in order to ensure the continued evolution of football that can excite fans across the globe.
“come up with sustainable solutions…”
Manchester United who are thought to be one of the ring leaders behind this project released a short statement, in which they spoke of having decided to act on the reaction of supporters, UK government and other key stakeholders within the sport.
Utd however iterated their commitment “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 short statement confirming that they have ‘discontinued’ their involvement in the Super League project, whilst placing on record their thanks for ‘valuable contributions’ from stakeholders.