After protests across the country, condemnation from players and politicians and the threat of legal challenges, all six Premier League teams have withdrawn from the proposed European Super League, the BBC reports. It’s likely that the controversial collective is likely to be canceled following the English teams’ departure, especially considering that they made up half of the dozen cohorts that planned the debacle.
The Super League — which had been announced on April 18 by 12 international clubs — began to look shaky after Chelsea became the first club to pull out. Manchester City also withdrew from the tournament just two days after it was announced, although it cited legal reasons as reason to avoid giving comment. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have since followed suit
Supporters’ groups, players and managers, all of whom had criticized the plans and spoken out against the lack of involvement, cited the collapse as a victory. Politicians had also acted to shut down the league, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising to drop a “legislative bomb” on the would-be proposals.
The ramifications to the presumably failed Super League will be felt for a long time, with the first shockwaves felt by one of the leaders of the breakaway movement, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who resigned from his position late on April 19. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also announced he is stepping down at the end of 2021, although this is not confirmed to be related to the European Super League.
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