All six Premier League clubs withdraw from Super League

The European Super League appears to have collapsed after all six of the Premier League sides that agreed to join reversed their decision on Tuesday night.

News broke ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League fixture at home to Brighton that the club were preparing to withdraw from the new competition. Blues fans had gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the Super League.

Shortly afterwards, Manchester City became the first Premier League side to publicly confirm they were pulling out of the breakaway competition, with a statement reading: “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.”

Later on Tuesday evening, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham announced they were also backing out of the plans.

Tuesday’s timeline – how the Super League collapsed

  • 8:30am – Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol tells Good Morning Sports Fans that he understands the Super League could collapse
  • 10am – FIFA president Gianni Infantino reiterates the governing body’s ‘strong disapproval’ of the plans
  • 10:45am – SSN understands cracks begin to emerge among the Premier League sides committed to the Super League
  • 12pm – Senior figure at one of the breakaway Premier League clubs insists they ‘will not back down’
  • 12:30pm – Prime Minister Boris Johnson says ‘no action is off the table’ in stopping the Super League
  • 1:30pm – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola criticises the Super League, saying ‘it is not sport’
  • 2:15pm – 14 Premier League clubs ‘vigorously reject’ Super League plans
  • 5:30pm – Chelsea fans begin protesting outside Stamford Bridge
  • 6:30pm – Chelsea’s performance and technical advisor, Petr Cech, urges fans to let team into stadium; kick-off against Brighton delayed
  • 7pm – News breaks that Chelsea are preparing to withdraw from the Super League
  • 7:30pm – Manchester City follow Chelsea in withdrawing from Super League
  • 8pm – Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, steps down
  • 9pm – Liverpool players come out against the Super League on social media
  • 11pm – Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham withdraw from the Super League
  • 1am (Wed) – Chelsea officially confirm they are also withdrawing from the Super League
  • 1am (Wed) – Super League says it will ‘reconsider’ proposals

The Super League responded in the early hours of Wednesday morning, saying it would “reconsider” its plans, adding that the English clubs had been forced to withdraw due to the “pressure put on them”.



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Petr Cech pleads with Chelsea fans to allow the team coaches to get through as many gathered to protest against the Super League proposals

“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change,” it said.

“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations.

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Chelsea’s home game against Brighton on Tuesday night was delayed after the club’s fans protested against the Super League outside Stamford Bridge

“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 experiences possible, while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”

In a statement to their supporters confirming their withdrawal, Arsenal said: “We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.

“We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.”

In their statement, Manchester United said: “We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders. We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”

It was also announced on Tuesday evening that Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, would stand down at the end of the year. He was heavily criticised by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin for his role in the formation of the Super League on Monday.

In confirming their withdrawal from the plans, Liverpool stated: “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.”

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told his club’s website: “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.”

Chelsea, who are understood to have backtracked on the Super League plans because of the overwhelming negative worldwide reaction, were the final Premier League side to officially confirm their withdrawal.

A statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning said: “We have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community.”

The Blues were also believed to feel that reaction to the Super League plans was in danger of overshadowing the work they carry out in the community.

The competition’s announcement on Sunday, made by 12 founding clubs – the Premier League’s ‘big six’, plus Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – was met with widespread condemnation.



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Ahead of Chelsea’s draw with Brighton, Thomas Tuchel said he did not know anything about off-the-field matters but trusted the club’s hierarchy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “thwart” the competition, likening it to a “cartel”, while the other 14 Premier League clubs rejected the proposal and UEFA threatened potential sanctions on the rebel group.

FA: This has unified us all

The Football Association welcomed the news of the English clubs’ withdrawal from the Super League, saying: “English football has a proud history based on opportunity for all clubs and the game has been unanimous in its disapproval of a closed league. It was a proposition that, by design, could have divided our game; but instead, it has unified us all.

“We would like to thanks the fans in particular for their influential and unequivocal voice during this time, holding true the guiding principles of football. It is a powerful reminder that the game is, and always will be, for fans.

“We would also like to thank the Prime Minister, Secretary of State and Sports Minister for their unwavering and critical support against these plans.”

PM welcomes Super League collapse

On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “welcomed” the Premier League sides’ decision, adding: “This is the right result for football fans, clubs, and communities across the country. We must continue to protect our cherished national game.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warned the decision by the six breakaway Premier League clubs to quit the Super League is not the end of the matter, and that a wider look at the governance of the sport is still needed.

“It’s very important that we don’t see this as the end of the process,” Dowden told Sky News on Wednesday. “What this is highlighting, more than ever, is the need to look at the wider governance of football.”

Ceferin: PL clubs back in the fold

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had reacted with fury to the Super League proposals, and branded some of the club executives behind the plans as “snakes and liars”.



UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaks during the 45th UEFA Congress in Montreux (AP)








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Earlier on Tuesday, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the Premier League’s ‘big six’ made a ‘huge mistake’ by signing up to the Super League

However, after urging the Premier League sides to reconsider their “mistake” earlier on Tuesday, Ceferin welcomed their decision to withdraw from the competition.

He said: “I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake. But 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.”

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‘Big Six’ club chiefs asked to step down in PL meeting

Executives from clubs which sparked a civil war in English football by joining the now-abandoned European Super League have been handed an ultimatum to step down from key Premier League sub-committees.

Sky News has learned Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, contacted executives on Wednesday including Bruce Buck, the Chelsea chairman, and Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal chief executive, to request they relinquish their roles on the working groups.

Club sources said Mr Buck, who is a member of the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, and Mr Venkatesham, who sits on the Club Strategic Advisory Group (CSAG), had been asked by Mr Masters to step down voluntarily or face being removed against their will.

Ferran Soriano, who runs Manchester City, was also asked to step down from CSAG, according to insiders.

The Premier League is also seeking the removal of the Manchester United and Liverpool executives Ed Woodward and Tom Werner from its Club Broadcast Advisory Group, the sources added.

Tottenham Hotspur, the sixth club involved in the planned defection, is not thought to be represented on the affected Premier League committees. The request from Mr Masters underlines the potentially protracted consequences of the ‘Big Six’ clubs’ efforts to join a continental league, which would have resulted in England’s six biggest clubs each receiving windfalls worth hundreds of millions of pounds.










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Gary Neville says Ed Woodward’s departure was inevitable after he resigned as the club’s executive vice-chairman amid the apparent collapse of the Super League plans

All six withdrew from the new competition on Tuesday following a vitriolic backlash from fans, players and coaches, and the threat of sporting and legislative sanctions from football federations and governments.

Mr Woodward announced on Tuesday evening his long tenure at Old Trafford would come to an end later this year, triggering speculation the Glazer family may seek to sell its remaining stake in the club after more than 15 years.

The Premier League’s request to the executives to step down from key working groups followed a meeting between the 14 other ‘shareholders’, in which they expressed bitterness at the duplicity of the clubs which had been in secret talks to join the Super League.

The Daily Mail reported some of the 14 clubs had complained the Super League clubs executives had been “acting like spies” during meetings of the relevant Premier League sub-committees.

At least one of the club executives asked to step down on Wednesday is said to have reacted angrily to the suggestion.



LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Ed Woodward executive vice-chairman of Manchester United is seen the leaving the ground after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)








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James Cooper reports after it was confirmed Ed Woodward will step down from his role as executive vice-chairman at Manchester United at the end of 2021

Mr Masters is understood to have sought a voluntary decision from the ‘Big Six’ executives but warned they risked being forcibly removed from the working groups if they did not agree to step down.

Premier League executives are ultimately keen to heal the rifts which have simmered in recent months over potential reforms but which erupted into open warfare at the weekend.

However, Mr Masters’ request for the executives’ removal underlines the fact that divisions between the ‘Big Six’ and the other clubs are likely to be exposed for some time.

After Sky News revealed details of the Super League negotiations last October, Mr Woodward told Wall Street analysts he was unaware of the project and his attention was focused on reforming existing European club competitions.

Formal confirmation of the Super League’s existence on Sunday night sparked fury throughout European football, with an unprecedented alignment of political and sporting figures against the breakaway from UEFA.

A Premier League spokeswoman declined to comment on Wednesday.

Henry, Glazer and Soriano apologise for Super League involvement

Liverpool owner John W Henry was the first of those involved in plans to form a breakaway Super League to apologise.

In a video message on Wednesday morning, Henry – who bought the club in 2010 – took responsibility for the decision to join the Super League and admitted he had ‘let down’ the fans.



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Liverpool owner John W Henry apologises to the club’s fans following their withdrawal from the European Super League. Twitter: @LFC

He said: “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.

“It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”

Later on Wednesday, United co-chairman Joel Glazer “apologised unreservedly for the unrest” caused by the Super League, in an open letter to fans.

Glazer, who was unveiled as Super League vice-chairman when the bombshell announcement was made on Sunday, admits he and the rest of United’s owners “got it wrong” and are now focused on making amends.



Manchester United joint chairmen Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.








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Manchester United owner Joel Glazer has written an apology to the club’s fans admitting ‘we got it wrong’ over the breakaway Super League plans

In a rare moment of communication with the supporters, Glazer wrote: “Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.

“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.

“In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions – promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.”

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano wrote to the club’s supporters to apologise for their involvement in European Super League proposals.

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Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City with Ferran Soriano in 2019

In an email sent out on Wednesday, Soriano wrote: “As always, when we make choices and decisions, we do so with the best interests of the club in mind and we believed that being part of such an initiative could give us a voice that might be imperative to our future ability to succeed and grow.

“In making that choice we failed to remind ourselves of the unbreakable link between the passion of our fans and the right to have the opportunity to earn success.

“It is a truth that is fundamental to the DNA of Manchester City and the board deeply regrets taking a decision that lost sight of the historic values of the club.

“We made a mistake and we sincerely apologise to our fans for the disappointment, frustration and anguish caused by the last 72 hours.”

Podcast Special: Fans 1-0 Not-so-Super League

High-powered, heavily-funded and years in the making, it lasted barely two days.

In a podcast special, Jasper Taylor is joined by Gerard Brand and Ron Walker to discuss the rapid break-up of the breakaway European Super League.

The panel discuss why football is more than just a business or entertainment sport, how this was a fan victory we should celebrate, and what the future holds for football.

We also hear from Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Kaveh Solhekol and Bryan Swanson on another monumental 48 hours.

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Furious Neville ‘disgusted’ by Euro Super League

A furious Gary Neville has hit out at the launch of a breakaway European Super League, labelling the English clubs involved a “disgrace” and calling for them to face sanctions from the Premier League.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham have agreed to join a breakaway European Super League to rival the UEFA Champions League.

The plans have prompted widespread condemnation, with the Premier League issuing a statement saying a super league would “destroy” the premise of open competition, and UEFA threatening to ban participating clubs from existing domestic competitions.

Sky Sports News has contacted the six Premier League clubs for comment; Manchester United and Tottenham declined to give a response regarding the proposals.

Speaking on Sky Sports after Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Burnley, before Sunday night’s announcement from the 12 ‘Founding Clubs’, Neville accused the Premier League clubs involved of betraying their history and their supporters.

“The reaction to it is that it has been damned and rightly so,” said Neville.

“I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted.

“I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool the most. Liverpool, they pretend – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone, the people’s club, the fans’ club’.

“Manchester United, 100 years, borne out of workers from around here, and they’re breaking away into a league without competition that they can’t be relegated from?

“It’s an absolute disgrace.

“Honestly, we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league – and that includes my club.

I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted

Gary Neville

“I’ve been calling for 12 months for an independent regulator to bring checks and balances in place to stop this happening.

“It’s pure greed. They’re imposters.

“There are 100-odd years of history in this country from fans who have loved these clubs and they need protecting.

“I’ve benefited from football hugely. I’ve made money out of football and I invest money in a football club.



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Sky Sports News’ Bryan Swanson reports as UEFA and the Premier League have condemned plans for a European Super League.

“I’m not against money in football but the principles and ethos are of fair competition, so that if Leicester win the league, they go into the Champions League.

“Manchester United aren’t even in the Champions League. Arsenal aren’t even in the Champions League – they are an absolute shambles of a football club at the moment. Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League.

“Have they got a God-given right to be in there? Honestly, the time has come now to get an independent regulator and stop these clubs having the powerbase. Enough is enough.”

Neville: ‘Deduct them all points tomorrow’

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood (centre) celebrates scoring his second goal against Burnley
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Manchester United are thought to be one of the English clubs involved in the plans

Neville believes the English clubs involved deserve to face points deductions and financial sanctions from the Premier League.

“Deduct them all points tomorrow,” he said. “Put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them.

“Seriously, we have got to stamp on this. It’s criminal. It’s a criminal act against football fans in this country, make no mistake about it.

“This is the biggest sport in the world and it’s a criminal act against the fans. Simple as that. Deduct points, deduct their money, and punish them.”

I’m not against the modernisation of the competition but this is a grab, an absolute grab, and the timing is hideous

Gary Neville

On the clubs’ owners, Neville added: “They’re bottle merchants. They’ve got no voice. They will probably hide in a few weeks and say it was nothing to do with them.

“In the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis, with football clubs at National League level nearly going bust, furloughing players, with clubs on the edge in Leagues One and Two, these lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and basically creating more greed? Joke.”

He continued: “You talk about big clubs but Manchester United have acted like a small club for eight to 10 years. Arsenal act like a small club.

“Some of the other clubs in the league who are doing really well, they act like bigger clubs. Being a bigger club is about acting properly at the right time.

“I’d like to think that Manchester United and Liverpool would stand there in the face of this and say, ‘something’s not right here. Let’s collaborate with the game to try to get a better competition, a better Champions League’.

“I’m not against the modernisation of the competition but this is a grab, an absolute grab, and the timing is hideous. What world are these people living in, to think they can bring this forward and this moment in time?”

‘Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal should know better’

Gabirel and Roberto Firmino in action at the Emirates Stadium (AP)
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Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be part of the European Super League Plans

Neville was particularly angered by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal’s reported involvement given their rich histories.

“There isn’t a football fan in this country that won’t be seething listening to this conversation and these announcements,” he added. “This is disowning-your-own-club stuff, this.

“How can you even think of watching the Super League here [at Old Trafford] when you’ve left your 14 clubs in the Premier League behind to play against each other?

“Your Championship clubs, dead, your EFL clubs, dead. Your pyramid system that you’ve fought for for 150 years, gone, all because of six clubs? Absolutely embarrassing. It’s never going to happen.

“If they announce a letter of intent that has been signed, those six clubs, they should be punished heavily. Massive fines, points deductions, take their titles off them, who cares?

“Give the title to Burnley or Fulham. Let Fulham stay up, relegate Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal because those three clubs are the history of this country and they should be the ones that suffer most.

“They should know better. The history and tradition that runs through those clubs is enormous but they leave a lot to be desired at this moment in time.

“Liverpool Football Club, seriously. I haven’t got a great relationship with them at all – I don’t like them and they don’t like me.

“But the one thing I always thought about them was that they were honest, they had integrity, they would look after their people. That’s gone. Forget that.”

Gary Neville podcast: Verdict on European Super League

Gary Neville gives his opinion on reports of plans for a breakaway European Super League. Sky Sports has contacted the clubs concerned for their responses.

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Super League: Fans’ reaction to announcement

The concept of a new Super League featuring some of the top clubs in Europe has led to an angry reaction from many football fans.

In particular, the supporters’ trusts of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – who, along with six other European sides have agreed to create a rival competition to the Champions League and would become ‘founding members’ of the new league – have had their say on the matter.

Here is how they have responded to the news that first broke on Sunday evening…

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUPPORTERS TRUST

“Tottenham Hotspur was the first British club to win a European trophy. We blazed a trail that caught the imagination of fans everywhere. Yesterday, the current board of THFC betrayed the club, its history and the magic that makes this game so special when they put their name to a statement announcing the formation of a breakaway European Super League

​”This statement, signed by self-appointed “leading clubs”, was put out late on a Sunday night. It was made not only after no consultation with supporters, but in the face of clearly stated opposition to key parts of the announcement.



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Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Micah Richards give their opinion on reports of plans for a breakaway European Super League. Sky Sports has contacted the clubs concerned for their responses

“We have always tried to maintain a pragmatic position of engagement with the board of THFC, even under the most trying of circumstances. But enough is enough. The current board is prepared to risk the club’s reputation and its future in the opportunistic pursuit of greed.

“One of England’s most famous clubs could find itself expelled from English league competition. Its players could be banned from international competition. And yet the current owners – mere custodians of a 139-year-old institution – are prepared to risk it all for avarice and self-aggrandisement.

“We demand the board immediately disassociates itself from the breakaway league. Only then can meaningful discussions about change take place. If the board does not do this, we will have no choice but to call on new owners prepared to safeguard the past, present and future of our great club to step forward and work with us.”

SPIRIT OF SHANKLY (LIVERPOOL SUPPORTERS’ GROUP)

“Embarrassing. As fan representatives we are appalled and completely oppose this decision.

“FSG [Fenway Sports Group] have ignored fans in their relentless and greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours not theirs. Our football club is ours not theirs.”










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Why are top clubs attempting to form a breakaway European Super League? Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains

MANCHESTER UNITED SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

“A “Super League” based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football and Manchester United should stand for.

“We urge everyone included in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”

ARSENAL SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

“The AST deplores the announcement by Arsenal that they are breaking away to form a European Super League. This represents the death of everything that football should be about.

“As fans we want to see Arsenal play in competitions based on sporting merit and competitive balance.

“Not surprisingly this action has been taken with no consultation or dialogue, continuing the silence and contempt that Kroenke has shown for Arsenal supporters since day one.










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The individuals behind plans to form a breakaway European Super League would have foreseen the response it would draw from the world of football, says former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

“The AST will do everything we can to oppose this. It will require firm action by the Government and the Football Authorities.

“We urge all Arsenal fans and all football fans to fight this by speaking up and acting against. By standing together we can see off this greedy proposal.”










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Former FA chairman David Bernstein is against the idea of a European Super League as he believes it will destroy the foundations of English football

MANCHESTER CITY OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS’ CLUB

“We are totally opposed to anything which creates a breakaway ‘European Super League’. This proposed new competition has no sporting merit and would seem to be motivated by greed.

“Furthermore, it has been created without the knowledge or input of any Supporters Groups and once again shows those involved have zero regard for the game’s traditions.

“We are determined to fight against this proposed Super League and will once again work with the 1894 Group all other Fan Groups to do everything we can to ensure our voices are heard.”

CHELSEA SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

“They say expect the unexpected, but today the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST), our members and football supporters across the world have suffered the ultimate betrayal.



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There is ‘a lot of anger and frustration’ among Liverpool fans following the news the club has agreed to join a breakaway European Super League, says The Anfield Wrap’s John Gibbons

“Chelsea Football Club (CFC), along with 11 of the top European sides have announced their intention to establish a ‘Super League.’ This is a decision of greed to line the pockets of those at the top and it has been made with no consideration for the loyal supporters, our history, out future or the future of football in this country.

“It is unlikely that this proposal will never come into existence, however, it speaks volumes that CFC are prepared to risk out place in the Premier League and FA Cup.

“The CST has held extensive talks with CFC over the past few weeks regarding various issues and there has been no mention of this secretive proposal. The CST and its members demand answers.

“This is unforgivable. Enough is enough.”

All six Premier League clubs have declined Sky Sports News’ invitation to respond to the story.

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Other 14 PL clubs ‘vigorously reject’ Super League plans

The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the new European Super League have “unanimously and vigorously” rejected plans for the breakaway competition.

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly-announced competition at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, explored ways to collectively respond to the proposals.

A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.

European Super League – latest key developments

  • The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in ESL met on Tuesday, and later released a statement saying they ‘vigorously rejected plans’ and were considering ‘all actions available to prevent it’.
  • Everton released their own statement on Tuesday morning, slamming ‘preposterous arrogance’ of Big Six.
  • Pep Guardiola has called for more explanation from ESL chiefs: ‘I would love the president of this committee to explain to the whole world why they took the decision.’
  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says ESL is to ‘save football’.
  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino says football’s global governing body ‘strongly disapproves’ of plans. UEFA president Alexander Ceferin calls on ESL clubs to ‘come to their senses’.
  • Board member at Big Six PL club has warned that they will not ‘back down’ – but Sky Sports News understands splits emerging among breakaway sides.
  • Bayern Munich say they ‘reject a Super League,’ while PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says move ‘driven by self-interest’.
  • Madrid court says UEFA, FIFA must not impose sanctions on clubs, players taking part in ESL until it fully considers case.

“The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”

In a memo sent out to all 20 clubs before Tuesday’s meeting, Masters wrote: “We do not and cannot support such a concept.

“This venture cannot be launched without English clubs and we call upon any club contemplating associating themselves or joining this venture to walk away immediately before irreparable damage is done.”

Analysis: A strong message from the Premier League

Sky Sports News’ Bryan Swanson:

“Tellingly, the Premier League have reminded the six clubs of the rules. They have specifically mentioned the rules in their statement, saying that the 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition.

“The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those clubs involved to account under its rules. What we do know about the Premier League rules, is that there is one in particular that says that should a club, during a season, wish to join another competition, they have to seek the written permission of the Premier League board to do so.

“Remember, this is still an unsanctioned competition. That is something the Premier League will be really mindful of. Make no mistake, this is a strong statement from the Premier League.”

Inside the meeting: Anger directed at owners and execs, not the clubs










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Kaveh Solhekol reports the anger of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the European Super League is directed towards the breakaway owners – not towards the clubs themselves

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol has provided further details on how the Premier League meeting unfolded:

“The meeting began with an update on the government position on the breakaway, which is that it will do everything to prevent it.

“A senior executive at one of the six breakaway clubs had spoken to a senior executive at one of the other 14 Premier League clubs insisting the European Super League members do not want to leave the Premier League and “people haven’t been listening to us”. This was not well received by other attendees at the meeting.

“The 14 Premier League clubs want the six breakaway teams to remain in the Premier League but have made it clear that certain people from the six clubs would not be welcome back in the division.

“There is also concern that executives from the six clubs have been sitting on very important Premier League committees and they have been privy to commercially sensitive and confidential information which could be used by the European Super League.

“The 14 do not want to end up in a prolonged court case, but believe that whatever happens, the Premier League needs a total reset.”

PM Boris Johnson says ‘no action is off the table’ in blocking plans for breakaway league










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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said his government will work with football authorities to stop the European Super League going ahead ‘as it has been proposed’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government is “exploring every possibility, including legislative options”, to stop the proposed European Super League.

Speaking after talks with officials from football’s governing bodies, Johnson said “no action is off the table”, in seeking to block the formation of the league.

Fans’ representatives also joined the call with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, which came as the backlash against the proposed European Super League continues.

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