European Super League – Chelsea, Manchester City to Withdraw: Chelsea is set to pull out of the breakaway European Super League in a major blow to the plans for a new competition to rival the Champions League. The BBC said it “understands that Chelsea & Manchester City are preparing documentation to request withdrawing from the European Super League.” The London club was one of six Premier League teams who signed up as founder members of the 12-team Super League.
There has been huge opposition to the plans in English football and fans celebrated in the streets around Stamford Bridge as the news was reported before the team’s home game with Brighton.
European Super League: Chelsea, Manchester City to withdraw from ESL
According to a report by BBC, Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to withdraw from the ESL. Efforts to leave come just two days after both were announced as two of six English clubs to sign up to the controversial new competition. The ESL has been widely criticised since being announced on Sunday.
🎶 WE SAVED FOOTBALL 🎶
Chelsea fans celebrate the news that the club has begun the process to leave the Super League.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 20, 2021
Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home ground before their game vs Brighton to protest their involvement. Chelsea and City were part of English football’s ‘big six’ clubs – alongside Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – to have agreed to join the new league.
In total, 12 European clubs announced their intentions to form the breakaway league, which they hoped to establish as a new midweek competition. It was condemned by football authorities and government ministers in the UK and across Europe by Uefa and leagues associations.
European Super League Football – Who are the 12 ‘founding members’?
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
European Super League Football – What about the big German and French clubs?
German & French Clubs are yet to join the break-away Super-League. Be it last year’s Champions League & Bundesliga winner Bayern Munich or French champions Paris Saint Germain, none of them have joined the breakaway league as yet They have said that they are currently not interested in joining the project. PSG is currently in the semi-finals of the Champions League and will play Manchester City.
If Chelsea, Manchester City formally withdraw, then ESL will not take off as planned.