The announcement of the new European Super League received massive backlash. Several football authorities, players and fans criticized the move and termed it against the spirit of the game. UEFA went to an extent and said that any player participating in the European Super League will be banned from representing the country.
However, amidst the massive outrage, six clubs have pulled out of the controversial league. Manchester City was the first to withdraw, followed by Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and lastly Chelsea. The tournament is now left with six Spanish and Italian teams, namely Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
Arsenal released a statement and apologised to the fans for their mistake.
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League,” an Arsenal statement said.
“We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
The Super League said it would look at ways to rescue the venture, insisting: “The existing system does not work.”
“We shall consider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project,” a statement said
The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin also welcomed the move and praised the fans for their influence and unequivocal voice.
Earlier, current European Champions Bayern Munich and France’s Paris-Germain both criticized the formation of the European Super League.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson tweeted a statement on behalf of the squad, saying: “We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen. This is our collective position.”
More than 1000 fans gathered outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge to protest against the move ahead of their clash against Brighton which ended in a 0-0 draw. Fans held banners of “RIP Football 1863 – 2021”, “Created by the poor, stolen by the rich”
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