After wreaking havoc in the football community for a little over two days, the Super League seems done and dusted for now. The six English clubs who had initially agreed to be a part of the controversial competition jumped ship as the waves of serious backlash from fans and players swooped down on them.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the reversal, adding: “They are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game. The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”
As they backed out, the six English clubs released statements, apologizing to their fans and affirming their withdrawal from the Super League.
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The Arsenal board said they did not intend to “cause such distress” and that they joined the Super League because they “did not want to be left behind” and wanted to ensure the club’s future.”Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward,” they added.”We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.”
Manchester United said that they “remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game”.
Liverpool said the club had “received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally” before reaching their decision and thanked them for their “valuable contributions”.
Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman, Daniel Levy, said that the club felt it was “important” to take part in “a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.” He added: “We would like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
Chelsea said that after having had “time to consider the matter fully” they had decided that their “continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community”.
Manchester City said they had “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”.