Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed this evening that they have begun the process of withdrawing from the European Super League.
Manchester City, Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Atletico, Barcelona, Liverpool, Spurs, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid had sparked outrage among much of the footballing world when they a released joint statement on Sunday.
Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez, whose club has agreed to join the new ESL, said they were doing it to “save football” (Guardian).
Manchester City and Chelsea were the first to pull the plug, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham eventually following in their footsteps (Sky Sports).
Chelsea fans were seen protesting outside of Stamford Bridge ahead of their match against Brighton last night in the Premier League which caused kick off to be delayed.
The FA had welcomed the withdrawal of English clubs from the proposed Super League, praising fans for their “influential and unequivocal voice” on the subject.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “We can confirm that we have formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL).”
Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal. We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.
“We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.
“We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
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