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Man City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to join Chelsea in planning to withdraw from European Super League


Protests were staged at Stamford Bridge by supporters on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are the latest founding members planning to withdraw their membership from the European Super League.

The controversial new format – a rival for the UEFA Champions League – was formally announced late on Sunday night by 12 European giants including the ‘big six’ from the Premier League as well as three clubs from Spain and a further three from Italy.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan were the original 12 founding clubs, with three more expected to follow.

Fans celebrate Chelsea's rumoured withdrawal from European Super League

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However, following fan protests over the new widely condemned plans by hundreds of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, the west London club are now said to be preparing formal documentation to withdraw.

And according to The Sun, Man City are also set to pull out and have told organisers that they no longer want to be a part of the lucrative scheme.

Recent reports have also indicated that Atletico Madrid want out too, while Barcelona president Joan Laporta has announced that the Catalan club will not be involved in the competition until their socios – partners – vote for it.

Speaking at his media briefing on Tuesday, meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had threatened to take legislative action against the six rebel English club unless they backed down.

‘Be in no doubt that we don’t support the creation of this European Super League,’ he said. ‘It is not in the interests of fans, not in the interests of football.

‘How can it be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel that stops clubs competing against each other, playing against each other properly with all the hope and excitement that gives to fans up and down the country?

‘I think it offends against the basic principles of competition and if necessary in order to protect that principle of competition we will seek, as I said to those bodies earlier on, a legislative solution but we hope they can find a way forwards themselves.’


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