Five of the six English clubs finally give up participating in the Super League.
The Super League project has taken a lead in the wing. While they were among the twelve founding clubs of the new competition, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United finally decided, this Tuesday, April 20, to withdraw from the project only two days after its launch. Pep Guardiola’s club were the first to formalize his withdrawal: “Manchester City Football Club can confirm that they have formally initiated the procedure to withdraw from the group responsible for developing the European Super League project.” For the moment, only Chelsea have not yet confirmed their withdrawal.
While Pep Guardiola, the Sky Blues coach was moved a little earlier by the decision to join the Super League, it was the star striker of the team Raheem Sterling who drew the first following the withdrawal from City with a laconic tweet: “Ok farewell“.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said, “delighted“to see Manchester City give up participating in the Super League, a project which has threatened European football with implosion for two days.”As I said at the UEFA Congress, it takes courage to admit a mistake“, continued the leader who had exchanged Tuesday morning threats against the slingers against a call for surrender, addressing in particular the six English clubs. The boss of the European body assured that he had”never doubted that they had the ability and the common sense to make this decision“, he who had castigated”greed“,”selfishness” and the “narcissism“from the promoters of the Super League.
Like one man, the other four Premier League clubs concerned, apart from Chelsea, have, shortly before midnight, issued press releases formalizing their withdrawal from the Super League. “We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.” Manchester United said. “The response from supporters over the past few days has given us time to reflect and think deeply, we never intended to cause such distress.” can we read on Arsenal’s press release, concluded by: “We heard you.”
“We regret the anguish and upheaval caused by the European Super League proposal. We felt it was important for our club to participate in the development of a possible new structure that aims to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability while providing significantly increased support to the wider football pyramid ” said Daniel Levy, president of the Tottenham club.