Super League Officially Suspended After 10 Founding Members Withdraw
The Super League is officially dead.
On April 18, the European Super League was announced with 12 founding football teams. The 12 teams were top teams from across three different football leagues in Europe. As of Wednesday, the project is no longer happening. The Super League consisted of founding members Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Atlético, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The European Super League announcement was met with intense fan backlash and legislative pressure. The UEFA held a press conference condemning the European Super League and threatened to ban players from the participating teams from playing in this year’s European Championship and next year’s World Cup.
Two days after its initial creation, six founding clubs withdrew from the proposed league. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham withdrew from the project due to pressure. It was a death blow to the proposed project.
Following the departures of the English clubs, the European Super League announced that it was suspending the project. “Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always giving in mind our goals of offering the fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community,” the statement read.
#SuperLeague official statement 🚨
“We are reconsidering the appropriate steps, in order to reshape the project”.
“We’re proposing a new competition, because current one isn’t working. English clubs have been forced to leave, due to outside pressure”.
It’s gonna be suspended. pic.twitter.com/2GWXSVhTr4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 20, 2021
On Wednesday, four more clubs withdrew from the project. Atlético, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
Atlético released a statement announcing its official departure from the project. “Atlético de Madrid’s Board of Directors, which met on Wednesday morning, has decided to formally communicate to the Super League and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to finally formalize its adhesion to the project,” the statement read.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) April 21, 2021
Inter Milan released an official statement confirming their departure. “FC Internazionale Milano confirms that the Club is no longer part of the Super League project,” the statement said.
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Official Club Statement ⤵️#FCIM
— Inter (@Inter_en) April 21, 2021
AC Milan then released a statement announcing its withdrawal from the project. The Italian club said, “The voice and concerns of supporters throughout the world about the Super League project have been strong and clear, and our Club must remain sensitive and attentive to the opinion of those who love this sport”.
Official statement. AC Milan about the #SuperLeague 🚨🚫
“The voice and concerns of supporters throughout the world about the Super League project have been strong and clear, and our Club must remain sensitive and attentive to the opinion of those who love this sport”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 21, 2021
Juventus was the next club that left. “While Juventus remains convinced of the soundness of the project’s sport, commercial and legal premises, it believes that at present there are limited chances that the project be completed in the form originally conceived,” the club said. “Juventus remains committed to pursuing the creation of long-term value for the Company and the entire football industry.”
As of now, only FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have not officially left the league.