Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in signalling their intention to withdraw from the European Super League.
The announcement on Sunday by the 12 clubs to form a breakaway Super League prompted a furious backlash across the continent.
A protest outside Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Brighton on Tuesday evening gave a feeling of the mood among fans.
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Prior to the game, reports filtered through that Chelsea had signalled their intention to withdraw, and, during the night, the club confirmed it would withdraw from the competition.
Manchester City were the first Premier League club to officially confirm they had begun proceedings to withdraw from the Super League.
And with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham also confirming their intention to withdraw, the project now appears to be hanging by a thread.
With all six Premier League clubs officially confirming they are withdrawing the ball is in the court of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus who are the other six teams from the breakaway 12.
Sky Italia is claiming the entire project has been suspended, but that has not been confirmed whilst Fabrizio Romano says that AC Milan and Inter have withdrawn.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the u-turn and said European football's governing body will work with the rebels to reintegrate them.
“I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake," he said.
“They are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.
The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.
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26/09/2022 AT 22:58