LONDON: Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham joined Manchester City to withdraw from the European Super League (ESL) proposal just now, as the controversial plan was ruined after receiving serious opposition.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to follow suit and leave only six teams, namely Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus for the project.
Reactions to the plan were growing with politicians and football authorities threatening to take legal action against teams dubbed “a dozen dirty clubs” who were told they would face suspension from domestic and continental tournaments.
“Manchester United will not be in the European Super League,” the 20 -time English champions said in a statement.
“We listen carefully to the reactions of our supporters, the UK government and other stakeholders.
“We remain committed to working with others in the football community to find long -term solutions to the challenges accepted in this game.”
In a statement, Liverpool said: “Liverpool Football Club confirms that our involvement in the proposal to form the European Super League will not continue.
“In the last few days, the club has received the presence of a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally and we want to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
Arsenal also apologized to their supporters for misinterpreting when signing the proposal.
“It is not our intention to create such chaos. However when the invitation to join the Super League comes while realizing there are no guarantees about it, we do not want to be left behind to ensure we can protect Arsenal and its future,” Gunners said in a statement.
“Because we listened to what you wanted and what the wider football community wanted over the past few days, we withdrew from the Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologize.”