Boris Johnson vows to block European Super League
The breakaway European Super League is on its knees just two days after its launch after the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ confirmed their departure from the breakaway competition amid a fierce fan backlash.
Less than 48 hours after confirming their intent to move away from Uefa’s Champions League and redefine the structure of European football, all six English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham) were forced into an embarrassing climbdown, while The Super League itself stopped short of admitting outright defeat, or even an apology, but said that it would “reshape the project”.
“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations,” the league said in a statement.
“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community”.
Follow all the latest below as we will bring breaking news, reaction and analysis through the day on this seismic story for European football.
Liverpool’s statement of intent to leave European Super League
Liverpool’s statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:44
Daniel Levy ‘regrets anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal’
Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal. We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of 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.
“We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.
“We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:43
Manchester United confirm intent to leave European Super League
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:42
Arsenal apologise over intent to join European Super League
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:41
Chelsea confirm intent to leave European Super League
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:38
Kevin De Bruyne speaks out against European Super League
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:38
‘A toxic endeavour’: How Super League went from breakaway to breakdown
As the news spread around boardrooms, and some ashen-faced officials realised the European Super League project was starting to collapse, the true meaning of it all could – fittingly – be seen on the streets and among the people.
The reaction was a moment to behold. It was celebrated as joyously as any goal, but it was really so much more. It was a victory.
It was a testament to the power of fans, given Manchester City and Chelsea were so convinced by the emotion of their own supporters.
It was also the start of one of the most remarkable single hours the game has ever known, a whirlwind of sensational developments that brought a staggering three days to a head.
Jack Rathborn21 April 2021 07:36