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European Super League doomed

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The European Super League appears to have collapsed after all six of the Premier League sides that agreed to join reversed their decision on Tuesday night.

News broke ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League fixture at home to Brighton that the club were preparing to withdraw from the new competition. Blues fans had gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the Super League.

Shortly afterwards, Manchester City became the first Premier League side to publicly confirm they were pulling out of the breakaway competition, with a statement reading: “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.”

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Later on Tuesday evening, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham announced they were also backing out of the plans.

The Super League responded on Wednesday said it would “reconsider” its plans, adding that the English clubs had been forced to withdraw due to the “pressure put on them”.

“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change,” it said.

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“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations.—Sky Sports

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