BREAKING: Manchester City and Chelsea have opted to leave the European Super League, Other top teams to follow suit
Manchester City have confirmed their exit from the Super League following sanction threats, mass criticism and protests in the UK. Chelsea have also backed out after fans protested outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday ahead of their Premier League clash with Brighton. The new will be to delight of fans who have taken to the streets and social media to kick against the ESL.
“Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”-Club statement by Manchester City
The decision to leave was confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson via Twitter
The decision by Chelsea and Manchester City is – if confirmed – absolutely the right one and I commend them for it.
I hope the other clubs involved in the European Super League will follow their lead.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 20, 2021
Football for the fans
The last few days have been quite chaotic in the football world. 12 top European clubs announced the formation of a European Super League (ESL) open to only a select few top teams. This announcement was met with furious reactions from all and sundry.
UEFA led by Aleksander Čeferin went ballistic and vowed to resist the attempts. FIFA also did not like the idea, neither did the FA nor the RFEF, FIGC and the likes. Pundits, fans, footballers and ex-footballers weighed in their opinions, criticizing the move by the 12 clubs.
This week fans have taken to the stadiums to protest against the Super League, urging players to also lend their voices and reminding clubs that “fans are not customers” as one placard puts it. During Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, fans protested outside the stadium and even flew a banner-carrying plane over the stadium.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has welcomed the withdrawal of Manchester City from the breakaway closed league project. –BBC Sport
“I am delighted to welcome City back to the European football family,” said Ceferin.
“They have shown great intelligence in listening to the many voices – most notably their fans – that have spelled out the vital benefits that the current system has for the whole of European football; from the world beating Champions League final right down to a young player’s first coaching session at a grassroots club.
“As I said at the UEFA Congress, it takes courage to admit a mistake but I have never doubted that they had the ability and common sense to make that decision.
“City are a real asset for the game and I am delighted to be working with them for a better future for the European game.”