The English clubs that participated in the announcement of the creation of the European Super League Championship have announced their withdrawal from the project.
Manchester City was the first club to formally withdraw from the competition, after Chelsea indicated their intention to do so.
The other four English clubs – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – made similar decisions.
It is not clear how easy it will be to withdraw or how binding contracts are.
Manchester City confirmed that it had “taken formal measures to withdraw” from the project. Liverpool also made it clear that their participation in the proposed league has “ended”.
Manchester United said: “We have listened carefully to the reaction of our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders” in making his decision not to participate.
Arsenal apologized, saying “he made a mistake”. He explained that he withdrew from participation after hearing from his fans and “the wider football community”.
Tottenham president Daniel Levy said the club deplored the “anxiety and discomfort” that prevailed following the announcement of the project.
The “big six” clubs in English football were part of a group that included Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid from Spain, and AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus from Italy, which announced plans to form the new league.
The announcement of the European Super League was widely criticized.
The move has been criticized by fans and bodies in charge of football and the British government, in addition to UEFA and other European federations.
Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea Stadium at Stamford Bridge, ahead of their match against Brighton on Tuesday, to protest their participation in the new league.
Chelsea has not issued a statement confirming its withdrawal, but BBC Sports Editor Dan Rowan has indicated that the club has started the withdrawal procedures.
Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, has said that he and the club’s board of directors made the decision to withdraw in light of the widespread negative reaction.
There were fears that Chelsea’s participation in the European Super League would damage the club’s reputation and undermine some of its campaigns and community work.
Questions have also been raised about whether the fans would line up with the club if he continued to participate in the league, for which the reactions have been so poor.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the Football Association, Premier League officials and fan representatives, after which the government said it would take “any necessary action”, including legislative options, to ensure that the proposal was halted.
Johnson’s position is supported by both the Labor and the Liberal Democrats.
A statement issued after a meeting between the Premier League and the 14 non-participating clubs stated that they had “unanimously and strongly” rejected plans for the new competition.
They added that they were studying “all available procedures” to stop the competition and called on the six teams to terminate their participation immediately.
There is no indication that the other six clubs are considering doing the same.
Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, who has been named president of the European Super League, said the competition was held to “save football” because young people “were no longer interested” in the game because of “so many poor quality matches”.
Milan’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, said the European Super League would be “an exciting new chapter of the game” and that it would “provide value and support” for European football.
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo also supported the European Super League project.