The crazy 48 hours that led to the creation and destruction of the controversial European Super League when the ‘Big Six’ begin an embarrassing climb after announcing the process of leaving the breakaway league
- The European Super League effectively collapsed 48 hours after the shock launch
- Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham were all involved
- But the so-called Premier League Big Six were soon forced into a dramatic turnaround
- Sportsmail looks at the timeline of a crazy 48 hours that sparked widespread anger
Football was in turmoil on Sunday when the Premier League’s so-called leading clubs announced proposals to set up an escaping European Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had agreed to form a new closed-shop competition with Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The move was intended to drastically change domestic and European game formats on a scale not seen before in the history of the sport, but received a fierce response.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had announced controversial plans to compete in a European Super League on Sunday.
Such was the ire of fans, players and managers over the proposal, all six Premier League teams were forced into an embarrassing climb down just two days after the official announcement of the new league.
Here, Sportsmail looks at the creation and destruction of the Super League during an insane 48 hours.
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Rumors have circulated that 12 clubs are planning to form an escaping European Super League – a move that would completely change the football landscape.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are the six English clubs involved.
The resistance is instantaneous and the anger increases as the day goes on. Gary Neville lets go of Sky, describing it as a ‘shame’ and a ‘criminal act against fans’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the plans are “harmful to football” and that he supports authorities taking action against them.
Gary Neville expressed his anger on Sunday after the announcement of the Super League
The 12 clubs are releasing statements confirming that they have signed up to participate in a European Super League.
Football is in crisis and criticism is increasing. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin calls the architects of the plan ‘snakes and liars’.
The government announces that they will ‘do whatever it takes’ to stop the European Super League. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden criticizes the six English clubs for “going against the spirit of the game” during a statement in the House of Commons. Prince William also expresses concern.
Leeds will play Liverpool amid the fallout, with the game itself an afterthought. The Leeds players warm up in shirts with the slogan ‘Football is for the fans’. Jurgen Klopp expresses his opposition to the ESL and later James Milner says: “I don’t like it at all and hopefully it won’t happen.”
Leeds players warmed up in shirts claiming ‘Football is for the fans’ ahead of their Premier League match with Liverpool on Monday night
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Pep Guardiola says, “It’s not a sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn’t matter when you lose.”
Chelsea fans protest outside Stamford Bridge, holding up the team bus. Chelsea technical director Petr Cech joins the crowd, begging for calm.
It is revealed that Chelsea and Manchester City are withdrawing and the dominoes are starting to fall. Rumors have it that Atletico will do the same. Minutes later, news comes that Ed Woodward has stepped down as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United. Just over 48 hours after it began, the Super League is dying, with all six English clubs stating their intention to leave in separate statements.
Football fans led furious protests outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening in the run-up to Chelsea’s clash with Brighton