The two giants of Milan and Atletico Madrid saw all six clubs in the English Premier League, who left the European Super League on Wednesday, give the project a fatal blow, while side owners began damage limit practice, to remove restrictions Desperate. Withdrawals from Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham took place exactly 48 hours after appearing late on Sunday by league fans and a furious response from the authorities.
Three Italian clubs – Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan – admitted defeat, and leaders of La Liga, Atlético Madrid also retreated. “We want to communicate to the Atletico Madrid team our satisfaction with the final decision to withdraw our commitment to the Super League project taken by our club,” Captain Atletico Coke said in a statement on behalf of the team.
Real Madrid and Barcelona – among the initial group of 12 clubs to sign up – have not yet commented on their future plans, but the project is dead in its current form.
“I was wrong,” Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer said in his first public comment since the tournament’s announcement. “It is the largest football club in the world and we unreservedly apologize for the unrest in recent times.”
Glazer’s apology had led to similar action earlier by Liverpool owner John W. Henry. The American apologized and said: “It goes without saying, but it has to be said, the project presented will never happen without the support of fans.”
Karl-Erik Nilsson, who is also the chairman of the Swedish Football Association, said the European governing body of the UEFA Executive Committee will decide whether to take action against the clubs at its next meeting on Friday.
Having lost Champions League prosperity in the last seven seasons, AC Milan has been one of the main drivers behind the plans.
The seven-time European champion said the shake-up was needed due to the changing football landscape but admitted that “he needs to be sensitive to the voices of those who love this amazing sport”.
Italian champions Juventus said they were “confident of the soundness of the sports, business and legal complex”, but acknowledged that it could not continue in its original form.
The Super League has promised entry into its founding clubs and billions of dollars in guarantees. Many clubs have heavy debt and salary bills and a sharp decline in revenue during the coronavirus epidemic.
But from football fans to players, coaches, politicians, UEFA, and FIFA, the project was strongly opposed. Clubs have been threatened with a ban on domestic and European football, while their players may also be banned from representing their countries.
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