The multi-billion dollar league’s dramatic collapse comes less than 48 hours after its start, triggering an angry backlash from football fans, players, sports officials and senior government officials across the continent.
According to a Super League statement from The Athletic and ESPN, the organizers of the competition continue to campaign for the formation of a new league, despite apparently acknowledging that their original proposal was no longer tenable. “The status quo of European football must change,” said the Super League statement. “Given the current circumstances, we will reconsider the most appropriate steps to redesign the project.”
CNN has asked the Super League for comment and full explanation but has received no response.
By Tuesday evening, all six English Premier League clubs had announced their intention to withdraw from the competition. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur made public statements that they will no longer attend, some citing feedback from fans and other stakeholders.
The first plans for the closed league, which was to be financed by the American investment bank JP Morgan, included the six English clubs alongside three teams from Italy – AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – and three from Spain – Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“I think this project died today … and it’s on the way to becoming a complete botch,” former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon told CNN.
“I think it deserved it because it was a project meant to kill football. I think especially at this time we live where many clubs are struggling to survive due to the economic problems of the pandemic. What football needs is unity, solidarity. “”
The league’s announcement on Sunday sparked shock waves in the football world that sparked outrage and a rare sign of political unity. Both the UK government and its main opposition party pledged to support legislative action to protect the national game if necessary.
The English football association and the European and global governing bodies UEFA and FIFA also threatened punitive measures and possible sanctions for the breakaway clubs.