European Super League: latest news – live
European Super League: headlines:
– Official statement apparently released stating the the clubs involved will “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project”
– Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea confirm they will withdraw from the European Super League
– Barcelona president Joan Laporta says club members will have to vote on decision to join new European Super League
– Manchester United confirm chairman Ed Woodward will resign at the end of 2021
– Juventus deny reports that president Andrea Agnelli has stepped down.
Real Madrid president and new Super League chairman, Florentino Pérez spoke live on Spanish TV on Monday night stating that the initiative has been set up to “save football”.
LaLiga chief Tebas brandishes Pérez as “clueless” and “a disastrous president” folliowing his comments on Spanish TV on Monday
Liverpool manager Klopp and club captain James Milner both admit they they do not support the breakaway
– UEFA president Ceferin says breakaway clubs will be banned as soon as possible
– Former United legend David Beckham issues statement rallying against the new breakaway
– More players add their voices against the Super League: Bamford, Podolski, Pavard, Herrera and Norway manager Solbakken.
Chelsea leave too
All six English clubs have quit now with Chelsea issuing their statement, confirming the club has “begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”
UEFA come out stronger?
If the Super League has been abandoned, one of the many fascinating things that will come out of it is how it leaves relations between UEFA and the breakaway clubs. Even if the Super League outfits never really wanted a new competition, but just wanted to turn the screws on UEFA to try and wring more cash and power out of European football’s governing body, it looks like it’s backfired badly. Pundits, politicians and most importantly the vast majority of fans utterly rejected the Super League concept, meaning the bargaining position of the clubs involved is quite likely worse now than it was before they started the whole harebrained venture.
Super League to reconsider – apparently
It is apparently official. This statement, first published by Fabrizio Romano as far as we know, is doing the rounds on Twitter right now saying the Super League are going to “reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project”. If this is true it means it’s over.
There are errors in the text though and it’s not on the Super League website. Note the “due the pressure out” in the second paragraph and the use of “reconsider” in the final paragraph which should probably be “consider” as this would be the first time they’ve had to reshape the project after its announcement.
As soon as we get confirmation this is official we’ll let you know.
Rumours now swirling around that the whole thing has been called off. Tancredi Palmeri says it’s officially been “temporarily halted” with the clubs looking at steps to “reshape the project”.
The Arsenal statement was how you do it: “We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
Though of course one could argue cynically these are all just marketing statements, with each club’s PR gurus trying to work out how best to spin the massive climbdown.
Plan to continue with ESL without English clubs
Reports in Spain are that the three Spanish and three Italian clubs will move ahead with European Super League project without English clubs..
AC Milan are out, reports David Ornstein
David Ornstein reporting that AC Milan will join the six English clubs by withdrawing from the European Super League project..
Tottenham confirms it will withdraw from ESL
Chairman Daniel Levy said: “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.
“We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.
“We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
Manchester United confirms it is pulling out of ESL
Manchester United issued a short statement confirming it will withdraw from the ESL:
“Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League. 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.”
Liverpool confirm they are out
Liverpool statement: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued. 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.”
Arsenal confirms it will withdraw from ESL
Arsenal follows Man City and issues a statement confirming it will withdraw from the European Super League.
“The last few days have shown us yet again the depth of feeling our supporters around the world have for this great club and the game we love. We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought.
“It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future.
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
Arsenal to pull out of ESL
Arsenal will follow Manchester City and Chelsea by pulling out of the European Super League, according to reports from The Athletic. City have already issued a statement announcing their plan to pull out of the competition, while Chelsea and Arsenal have yet to confirm their intentions to withdraw.
Manchester City confirm plan to pull out of ESL
Just minutes after Man United’s statement on Ed Woordward, Man City has issued a statement confirming reports that the club will start proceedings to pull out of the European Super League.
“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,” read the short statement.
Man United issue statement on Woodward resignation
Manchester United have issued a statement to confirm that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will will step down from his role at the end of 2021.
Ed Woodward said: “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years. The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.
“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.”
Petr Cech was forced to try and calm tensions at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans made their feelings about a European Super League abundantly clear. Watch video.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: “We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has issued a statement apparently on behalf of the entire Liverpool squad, expressing their firm objection to the ESL.
“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen. This is our collective position. Our commitment to this football club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional. You’ll never walk alone.”
The statement comes amid reports that Liverpool are set to pull out of the competition, following similar moves by Chelsea and Manchester City.
Liverpool preparing to pull out of ESL – reports
Liverpool fanzine the Anfield Wrap reporting that Liverpool are set to join Man City and Chelsea by pulling out of the European Super League…
Juventus deny Agnelli has resigned
Juventus have denied reports that president Andrea Agnelli has resigned. Reports about Agnelli came soon after news broke that Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward has stepped down.
“There’s a huge difference between a hired gun like Ed Woodward and a president from a legacy family that has owned the club forever like Andrea Agnelli,” points out Italian football writer David Amoyal.