British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised Chelsea and Manchester City as the two clubs wanted to break out of the unfortunate European Super League (ESL).

Amid ongoing fan outrage, news broke Tuesday night that Chelsea and Man City would be pulling out of the breakaway ESL just hours after announcing they would be among the 12 rebel clubs that would be part of the controversial new project.

The pair were part of six English teams – along with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – that were founding members of the ESL, which was to be led by Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez.



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Criticism of the plans had spread since they were announced on Sunday evening. UEFA and FIFA both suggested that players participating in the league should be banned from international football.

There have also been threats to ban the clubs from national competitions such as the English Premier League.

British head of state Johnson was one of the most prominent politicians who condemned the plans for the Super League. They claimed that this would lead to a “closed shop” for the European football elite, disregard the idea of ​​free competition and also trample the wishes of fans.

When it emerged Tuesday that City and Chelsea were about to leave, Johnson urged others to follow in their footsteps.

The decision by Chelsea and Manchester City – if confirmed – is absolutely the right one and I recommend them for that. I hope that the other clubs involved in the European Super League will follow their lead.

– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 20, 2021

“Chelsea and Manchester City’s decision, if confirmed, is absolutely the right one and I recommend it for that,” Johnson tweeted.

“I hope that the other clubs involved in the European Super League will follow their lead.”

UK Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden swore a review to ensure “this never happens again”.

“Good news Chelsea and City have seen sense and I urge the rest to quickly follow suit,” Dowden wrote.

“The entire ESL step shows how contactless these owners are. They completely misjudged the emotional strength of fans, players and the whole country. Football is for the fans.

“Our fan-led review will continue and I remain convinced of the need for reform. We need to make sure this never happens again.”

Good news Chelsea and City have seen Sinn and I urge the rest to quickly follow suit. The entire ESL step shows how contactless these owners are. You have completely misjudged the emotional strength of the fans, players and the whole country. Football is for the fans. (1/2)

– Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) April 20, 2021

Our fan-led review will continue and I remain convinced of the need for reform. We have to make sure this never happens again. (2/2)

– Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) April 20, 2021

On Monday, Johnson said he did not like the look of these Super League proposals and that they were “very harmful to football”.

The UK government had also proposed exploring legal means to use a “legislative bomb” to prevent the six British rebel teams from joining the league.



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This probably won’t be necessary now as the nascent ESL, after one of the most amazing and tumultuous 48 hour periods football has ever seen, seems poised for crisis talks about whether it can even continue.