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Super League news LIVE: ESL plans unravel as Chelsea and Man City quit amid doubts over Spanish clubs – The Independent

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Boris Johnson calls European Super League ‘a cartel’

Chelsea are preparing to withdraw from the Super League with Manchester City set to follow in a hammer blow to the plans for a new breakaway league. Owner Roman Abramovich is understood to have driven the decision, having listened to fan protests and opted to pull out of the new European league plans.

Chelsea are the first of England’s ‘big six’ clubs to choose to quit the competition, which was only announced on Sunday night. Abramovich’s motivations are thought never to have been about money, and the Blues are now understood to be preparing documents to withdraw formally from the competition.

Stamford Bridge chiefs were only thought to have signed up as a founder member of the Super League in order not to be left behind by the rogue breakaway.

But after resounding condemnation from across the political and sporting spectrum, Chelsea appear to have decided to pull out of the competition – less than 48 hours after it was announced.

Chelsea fans launched a mass protest outside of Stamford Bridge, with banners criticising the club for their decision to join the controversial Super League.

Scores of fans chanted, let off blue smoke bombs and marched around the west London ground, with police attempting to control the crowds.

Former Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, now a technical advisor at the club, spoke to some supporters and could be heard saying “give everybody time” in a video posted on social media.


Culture Secretary urges remaining four English clubs to follow suit

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has welcomed plans by Chelsea and Man City to withdraw from the enterprise

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:49


Kenny Dalglish urges club to do the right thing

So far there’s been no news so far out of Anfield, despite strong fan opposition from the club yesterday.

Here’s Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish:

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:48


‘I’m not surprised it didn’t last long’ – Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said he is unsurprised to see the Super League fall apart – adding “If you ignore that you kill the domestic leagues, so fans would never accept that”.

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:40


Gary Neville appears to mock Ed Woodward after shock resignation

Ed Woodward has resigned as Manchester United executive vice-chairman – with Gary Neville appearing to give him a social media send-off.

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Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:35


Neville drinks it up

Gary Neville, one of the first and loudest voices against the super league, has cracked open a bottle

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:18


UPDATE: Agnelli out – Juventus push back on claims chair is departing

While reports had come in that Andrea Agnelli was resigning from his position at Juventus, the club is reportedly pushing back.

Agnelli was said to be a huge driving force behind the super league, and had taken on a vice chair role in the ESL’s structure – having resigned an executive position at UEFA.

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:11


Ed Woodward resigns as Manchester United chairman amid Super League chaos

Ed Woodward will resign as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United at the end of the year.

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:07


Luke Shaw and KDB speak out on super league

The withdrawal of clubs was accompanied by some stern words from players – despite the risk that comes with sticking your head above the parapet in these moments.

And while James Milner got the first word in last night after the Leeds game, Kevin De Bruyne and Luke Shaw have also had their say. Here are their comments:

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:03


Playing a super league team? Been there, done that…

Following suit from Leeds, Brighton were due to be wearing t-shirts that protested the ESL.

Turns out they still are:

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 20:00


Ed Woodward out – reports

He is expected to leave at the end of the season.

Vincent Wood20 April 2021 19:54

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