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NOT SO SUPER: English clubs withdraw from breakaway league


England's "big six" clubs have withdrawn themselves from the proposed European Super League leaving the plans in tatters.

The plans for the new breakaway league began to filter out on Sunday evening but as of Tuesday night, they were done.

It comes after protests from fans and disapproval from governing bodies, governments and even players themselves.

Manchester City and Chelsea were the first English clubs to announce their plans to withdraw from the Super League.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was pictured outside Stamford Bridge ahead of their game with Brighton.

He asked gathered supporters to give them time. Less than an hour later, Chelsea's intentions began to filter out.

Soon, the other four would follow suit and confirm they too would abandon the new breakaway league.


Liverpool owner Henry: I'm sorry


Liverpool's principal owner John W. Henry released an apology to all LFC fans and took sole responsibility for the chaos.

"I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.

"It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans.

"No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.

"Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days. It’s something I won’t forget.

"And shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have."

Manchester City and Manchester United are under pressure to post their own apology.

United's Chief Executive Ed Woodward will step down at the end of the calendar year after his involvement in the fiasco.

No mention or apology was made in the statement released on the United website. Joel Glazer commented thanking Woodward for his time at Old Trafford.

Later, an open letter from Glazer to the supporters would come, but the damage was already done.

Initially, the clubs posted a short statement on their website to announce their attention to withdraw from the Super League.

Chelsea released the following statement on their website: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group developing plans for a European Super League.

"Having joined the group late last week, we have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the Club, our supporters, or the wider football community."

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has told Reuters the competition will not proceed after the happenings of today.

He said, "To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case."


Chance of this happening again?


Yet, the European Super League statement, which confirmed they had abandoned their plans, left the door open for it to return at a later date.

The statement said: "The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change.

"We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work.

"Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic.

"It would also provide 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 possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community."

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