Chelsea and Manchester City will leave the proposed Super League.
Chelsea, whose fans protested the planned breakout competition outside Stamford Bridge ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League game against Brighton, are said to have changed their minds amid overwhelmingly negative global response.
The club believed the danger threatened to overshadow all the good work they have done in the community on the pandemic, fighting racism and anti-Semitism.
According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, the “totally negative reaction to ESL’s plans has threatened to completely overshadow all the good work the club is doing in the community.
Chelsea made the last minute decision to join the ESL last week. They now regret the decision and accept it was a mistake. left’. It turned out to be a train to nowhere.”
City have also informed the organizers that they do not want to be part of the Super League.
The competition’s announcement on Sunday, made by 12 founding clubs – including Premier League Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – was met with much criticism.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to “thwart” the competition and compared it to a “cartel”, while the other 14 Premier League clubs rejected the proposal and UEFA threatened possible sanctions against the rebel group.
Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that splits were developing between the breakaway parties – despite a board member, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisting “they won’t back down”.
Analysis: ‘They are just wrong’
Graeme Souness of Sky Sports:
“On the face of it, of course, it’s great news. It’s a domino effect and hopefully that’s it.
“They totally misunderstood the British passion and long family ties of supporting a football club.
“They’re just wrong.”
14 Premier League clubs reject Super League proposals
The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the new European Super League on Tuesday afternoon rejected plans for the breakaway competition “unanimously and firmly”.
The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly announced competition in a virtual meeting.
The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, looked for ways to collectively respond to the proposals.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League, together with the FA, met clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.
“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and firmly rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all available measures to prevent progress, and is also keeping concerned Shareholders by its rules.
“The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this important issue. The response proves how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”