48 hours after the competition was launched with great fanfare, six founding clubs have already dissociated themselves.
Faced with demonstrations, threats, political pressure, they finally backed down. Tuesday evening, 48 hours after the launch of the Super League, the English clubs finally announced their withdrawal. Manchester City first, then shortly after, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham also published their press release.
“After listening to you and the wider football community over the past few days, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake and we apologize for it,” even tweeted the Arsenal Gunners, as Chelsea, the last English club still involved, should soon follow suit, according to media reports.
Six survivors, for how long?
After these announcements, only six clubs would remain involved in the Super League: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atletico de Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, but here too the rumors of withdrawal , whether for Atlético de Madrid, AC Milan or even Barça, are going well and it is difficult to imagine how the competition could continue with the remaining clubs.
This Tuesday, the Super League began to be ridiculed by the players and coaches of the participating teams. Cautiously, Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp had confided that he had not been “consulted” and said he was in favor of “the competitive aspect in football”, contrary to a private league made up of legal members.
Tuesday night and as the rumors of defection multiplied, his players posted on Twitter a joint text concluded with the Anfield anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”: “We don’t like it, we don’t want not that that happens. It is our collective position. Our commitment for this club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional “.
Chelsea, who were playing in the Premier League on Tuesday night saw their coach blocked in front of the stadium by a supporters’ protest against the project, bursting with joy when news of Chelsea’s withdrawal began to circulate.
In the process, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, very invested in the fight against the Super League, had greeted the clubs which seemed to want to abandon the project. “The decision, by Chelsea and Manchester City is – if confirmed – absolutely the right one, and I salute it,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter, shortly before the Citizens’ press release.