The withdrawal of the six Premier League teams from the proposed European Super League is the “good result for football fans, clubs and communities across the country,” the Prime Minister said.
Welcoming withdrawal of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United of the controversial competition, Boris Johnson said: “We must continue to protect our cherished domestic game.”
The teams announced their departure amid protests from fans and fierce criticism from many in the game, including former players and pundits.
I welcome last night’s announcement. This is the right result for football fans, clubs and communities across the country. We must continue to protect our cherished national sport.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 21, 2021
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News it was a “victory for the fans” and that “the country has come together to condemn these proposals”.
“We were prepared to take very, very bold steps to prevent this proposal from going forward,” he said.
Mr Dowden added that it was “very important that we do not see this as the end of the process”, saying: “What this has highlighted more than ever is the need to look at governance wider of football “.
He said a government review announced on Monday will continue and examine “how we approach football governance, football funding and indeed the fan experience as a whole.”
In light of the withdrawal of English clubs, the Super League said it was considering “appropriate steps to reshape the project”.
He said in a statement: “Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure placed on them, we are confident that our proposal is fully aligned with European laws and regulations as has been demonstrated today. [Tuesday] by a court ruling to protect the Super League from the actions of third parties.
“Given the current circumstances, we will reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always keeping in mind our goals to provide supporters with the best possible experience while improving solidarity payments for the entire community. football community.
“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo in European football must change. We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work.
“Our proposal aims to enable the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the entire football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties faced by the entire football community at the grassroots level. continuation of the pandemic. “
Chelsea, facing an angry protest from their fans outside their Stamford Bridge stadium, were the first club to act, preparing documents to formally withdraw.
Owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have motivated the decision, after listening to fan protests and opting out.
Manchester City quickly followed suit, with the club saying in a statement that they had “promulgated the procedures to withdraw” from the competition.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he regretted the “anxiety and anger” caused by confirming that the club had “officially started procedures” to withdraw.
Announcing their decision to withdraw as well, Liverpool said: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in the proposed plans to form a European Super League has been halted.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internal and external, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal have admitted to making “a mistake” and apologized after confirming their departure.
An open letter from the club’s board of directors said: “The past few days have once again shown us the depth of the feeling our supporters around the world have for this great club and the game we love.
“We didn’t need to remember it, but the response from supporters over the past few days has given us time to think and think deeply.”