The Super League collapsed before being kicked in the European breakaway competition after being abandoned by the six English clubs, leaving the Spanish and Italian players in difficulty.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all Tuesday deserted the offer to start a largely closed race in the middle of the week amid an escalating reaction from their supporters and warnings from the British government that it could be introduced legislation to thwart it.
The Super League project was overseen by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who also signed Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spain, and
Juventus, AC Milan and Inter from Italy. The rival for the UEFA Champions League has become unviable without the six clubs in the richest league in the world.
The rest of the young organization of the Super League was provocative, accusing that “pressure” had been applied to oust the English clubs and insisting that the proposal was in accordance with the law and could still be renewed in some form.
“Given the current circumstances,” the Super League statement said, “we will review the most appropriate steps to redesign the project, always keeping in mind our goals to offer fans the best possible experience, while improving solidarity payments for the whole football community. “
The English clubs have accepted the appeals of UEFA President Alexander Cheferin to remain part of the Champions League, which has qualification criteria based on the team’s performance in the domestic league.
“Yesterday I said it was admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake,” he said.
“But they are in the background again and I know they have something to offer not only in our competitions, but in the whole European game.
“The important thing now is to move forward, to restore the unity that the game enjoyed before, and to move forward together.”
While it became clear that Chelsea and City were leaving the Super League on Tuesday night, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and his teammates issued a statement advocating for them to stay in the open European competitions.
Liverpool, which is owned by the Boston Red Sox investment group, eventually issued a statement thanking people inside and outside the club for “valuable contributions” before deciding to stick to existing structures.
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw also went against his club, tweeting his support for the existing Champions League minutes before the club turned around.
“We have listened carefully to the reaction of our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders,” said the club, owned by the American Glazer family and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
“We remain committed to working with other people in the football community to find sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”
Just as the Glaziers own the Tampa Bay Bookers, Stan Croenke has the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL in his portfolio along with Arsenal. Closed models of American sports were thought to be so attractive to US owners by offering financial security.
But they were resisted by fans of English clubs.
“We never intended to cause such stress, but when the invitation to join the Super League came, even though we knew there were no guarantees, we did not want to be abandoned to ensure we were defending Arsenal and its future,” the North London club said. .
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community in recent days, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake and apologize for it.
“We know it will take time to regain faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal, but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League is driven by our desire to defend Arsenal, the club you love. , and support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability. “
Tottenham also gave a detailed explanation of why he registered before giving up.
“We regret the concern and frustration caused by the ESL proposal,” said President Daniel Levy.
“We felt it was important for our club to be involved in developing a possible new structure that seeks to ensure better financial fair play and financial sustainability, while providing significantly greater support for the wider football pyramid.
“We believe that we should never stand still and that sport should constantly review competitions and management to ensure that the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.”
Chelsea, which is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, said he joined the Super League group only last week.
“We now have time to look at the issue in its entirety and have decided that our continued involvement in these plans will not be in the interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community,” Chelsea said in a statement hours after the match against Brighton. fan protests in front of Stamford Bridge Stadium.
The Premier League has threatened to sanction the six rebel clubs, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has considered introducing laws to stop them from forming a new European competition, which he called a “cartel”.
Superleague club divisions have also widened, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola saying the Super League will damage the integrity and values of the sport. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has also expressed concern about the actions of his club’s owners.
The Premier League had threatened the six clubs with expulsion if they tried to cope on their own in Europe. The other 14 clubs met on Tuesday and “unanimously and vigorously” rejected the Super League’s plans.
British Culture Minister Oliver Dowden said that the owners, who were not in contact, “completely misjudged the strength of the feelings of the fans, the players and the whole country”.
The government is examining Germany’s adoption of the 50 plus 1 rule, which gives fans most of the voting rights, nominally, to protect clubs from control by private investors.
“Our fan-led review will still take place, and I remain convinced of the need for reform,” Dowden said. “We need to make sure that this never happens again.”
Everton have condemned the “ridiculous arrogance” of Super League clubs. Everton’s nine titles are the fourth highest in the history of the English top division, and the Merseyside club was considered part of the country’s elite in the 80s and early 90s. those years.
“The response is understandable and well-deserved – and needs to be heard,” Everton’s board of directors said in a statement.
“This absurd arrogance is not wanted anywhere in football outside the clubs that drew up this plan.”
Italian clubs declined to comment earlier, and Spanish teams did not comment late Tuesday.