The proposed European Super League has officially been suspended after all six Premier League clubs confirmed that they are withdrawing from the competition, as per the Daily Mail.
A total of 12 clubs around Europe had recently released a statement about joining the Super League. This would have altered the landscape of existing domestic and UEFA competitions.
Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham made an announcement on Sunday that they will be joining the proposed breakaway league along with few other teams from Italy and Spain.
However with mounting pressure from regulatory authorities and fans, all the English clubs released statements confirming that they are backing away from the project. This comes just 48 hours after the league was officially announced.
In reaction to this, the Super League have confirmed that they were suspending their project. And in their statement, they said the following, via the Daily Mail:
“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change, read Tuesday’s statement.
“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work. Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic.
“It would also provide materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.”
The statement further claimed that the English clubs were forced to withdraw from the competition while also suggesting that they will look to reshape the project in near future. It read:
“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.
“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”
After this huge blow, it is highly unlikely that this project will see daylight any time soon. The authorities had no other option but to suspend the league, as it would have made no sense to carry on without the English clubs. These are the teams that have some of the biggest fanbases in the world and without them, it would have been tough for the Super League to exist.
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