Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham’s involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League have ended, the clubs have announced.
After Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew earlier in the evening, the remaining four clubs all followed suit to end a tumultuous 48 hours for the game. The quartet all announced on Tuesday evening that they would no longer take part on the controversial league, with Arsenal actually offering an apology.
The Gunners tweeted: “As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League.
“We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
Liverpool released a brief statement just before 11pm announcing the club’s withdrawal.
The statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
Manchester United did likewise: “Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.
“We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
“We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game”.
Levy reveals Tottenham regret
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he regretted the “anxiety and upset” caused as he confirmed the club had “formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL).”
Levy said in a statement: “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.”