European Super League: English clubs pull out; Milan giants set to follow

21 April 2021

Super League
Photo: Alamy Chelsea supporters light a blue flare outside Stamford Bridge, the home stadium of Chelsea FC, during a protest about the proposed formation of a European Super League before the Premier League match against Brighton.

Chelsea pull out of Super League minutes after protesting fans barricaded team bus; five other English rebels fall after conference call.

Super League reconsidering “appropriate steps to reshape the project”; Agnelli defiant.

Inter declare “lack of interest” with AC Milan set to follow.

Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward resigned his post.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Europe’s Super League lies in tatters less than 72 hours after news of the plot emerged.

In an extraordinary evening the six English clubs withdrew from the league, with the two Milanese clubs expected to follow.

In a separate development Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward – one of the key plotters – also resigned his post.

The developments almost certainly bring an end to the ill-conceived project, that was met with a resistance from governing bodies, other leading clubs and, perhaps crucially, fans of a ferocity that the rebels did not envisage.

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