Plans for a European Super League have been put on hold after all six Premier League clubs announced their withdrawal from the competition on Tuesday.
The decision was confirmed in a statement late on Tuesday night after Chelsea became the last English club to confirm their withdrawal.
Manchester City had been the first of the six to publicly state that they would no longer be pursuing the option to take part in the league earlier on Tuesday, before Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs followed suit in a co-ordinated move around 11pm.
Chelsea were in action against Brighton at Stamford Bridge, with fans turning up to protest ahead of the game – a move that delayed kick-off for 15 minutes with the team buses facing difficulties entering the stadium.
That meant that their announcement came much later into the evening, and it was followed briskly by a statement from the Super League stating the Super League will need to reconsider their next steps before pressing ahead.
“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change,” the statement began.
“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work. Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic. It would also provide materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.
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“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure out [sic] on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.
“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering the fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”