Updates: 20.04.2021 23:52
London – The European Football Super League project is tens of hours after its announcement before the crash. Manchester City was the first of 12 clubs to say it has taken steps to withdraw from the contest, the announcement of which on Monday night has provoked massive opposition from the football community. According to the British media, Chelsea will soon be the leader of the English Premier League table, while other media are talking about the departure of Atlética Madrid.
“Manchester City confirms that it has formally taken steps to withdraw from the group developing plans for the European Super League,” the elite English club said today.
Chelsea and City belonged to six English clubs which, together with a trio of teams from Spain and Italy, formed the twelve so-called founding members of the new closed competition. The Super League would be in direct competition with the Champions League, and the European Union, UEFA, and the FIFA World Federation have threatened clubs and its players with severe sanctions. The purely commercial competition also provoked resistance from fans, national federations and leagues.
“The decision of Chelsea and Manchester City – if confirmed – is absolutely correct and I commend them for it. I hope that other clubs involved in the European Super League will follow suit,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter before City officially announced.
About a thousand fans protested against Chelsea’s participation in the super league today in front of Stamford Bridge Stadium. Petr Čech, a long-time goalkeeper and current member of the management, who is, went among themto make way for the bus carrying the team to the evening league match against Brighton. According to Reuters, after the publication of the news about the planned departure of Chelsea from the superliga, the fan protests turned into celebrations.
Probably also in connection with the Super League, Manchester United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward announced today that he will resign at the end of this year. Together with Real Madrid President Florentin Pérez and Juventus boss Andrea Agnelli, Woodward was one of the main figures in the project.
Catalan TV3 again stated that Barcelona had left the back door to leave. The contract, signed by President Joan Laporta with the other 11 founding members, includes a clause that the club will be able to withdraw from the project if its members do not vote.
The announcement of the super league aroused an almost unanimous rejection in the football world. Fans, players, national federations and league competitions have criticized its closed system, which does not respect the spirit of competition. The leadership of the English Premier League today threatened to eliminate six superliga clubs.
In addition to Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, Juventus Turin, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan have committed to participate in the Super League.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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