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Super League news LIVE: Liverpool owner apologises to fans as Premier League ‘big six’ quit crumbling ESL – The Independent

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Boris Johnson vows to block European Super League

The breakaway European Super League is on its knees just two days after its launch after the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ confirmed their departure from the breakaway competition amid a fierce fan backlash.

Less than 48 hours after confirming their intent to move away from Uefa’s Champions League and redefine the structure of European football, all six English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham) were forced into an embarrassing climbdown, while The Super League itself stopped short of admitting outright defeat, or even an apology, but said that it would “reshape the project”.

“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations,” the league said in a statement.

“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community”.

Follow all the latest below as we will bring breaking news, reaction and analysis through the day on this seismic story for European football.

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Rio Ferdinand: ‘Where are you Ed?’

Rio Ferdinand has called on Ed Woodward and the owners of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ to answer questions over the doomed European Super League.

And following fan protests, the Red Devils joined the other five English clubs in confirming their withdrawal from the ESL.

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Jorginho on Chelsea fans protesting before Brighton match

“It was different on the bus tonight. It was a different situation where the fans had the right to do what they think is best. The club see what the fans think. We just need to support and hope the club will do the right thing.”

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BREAKING Juventus chairman concedes Super League can no longer go ahead

And the Juventus chairman has now conceded that without the six English sides, the competition can no longer go ahead.

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Chelsea Supporters’ Trust appalled with tone and insincerity of Chelsea statement on European Super League

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Agnelli likens Super League to Call of Duty, FIFA or Fortnite

“The younger ones want to watch significant events. They are not as attached to domestic competition as the previous generations, including mine. A third of the fans worldwide follow the Super League clubs, the 10per cent follows footballers, not clubs, and the most worrying stat is that those between 16 and 24 years old have no interest in football whatsoever.

“The Super League simulates what young people do on digital platforms in competition with Call of Duty, FIFA or Fortnite,” he continued.

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Aston Villa chief Christian Purslow ‘saddened and appalled’ by Liverpool role in Super League plans

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Gary Neville brands Manchester United statement ‘worst communication I’ve ever seen’

United were one of the 12 leading European clubs to commit to joining a new breakaway competition intended to rival the Champions League.

The move came in for heavy criticism from fans and politicians alike with football figures such as Gary Neville hugely vocal in their opposition.

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Super League was a ‘spectacular miscalculation’, says Football Supporters’ Association chief

Setting up a breakaway Super League was a “spectacular miscalculation” by Europe’s heavyweight clubs, according to a fans’ chief.

Manchester City were the first of the 12 founder members announced on Sunday night to say they had begun the process to withdraw from the controversial competition, and by 11pm they had been joined by Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, while Chelsea were understood to be preparing to do the same.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, one of the key orchestrators of the breakaway, also announced he is leaving the club at the end of the year on a dramatic night.

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‘Enjoying the Super League’s new knockout format’: Football reacts as ESL comes crashing down

Football fans celebrated on Tuesday evening as the controversial European Super League was on the verge of crashing down fewer than 48 hours after 12 powerful clubs announced the breakaway venture.

Chelsea and Manchester City became the first clubs to ditch the Super League in the wake of a monstrous backlash against the idea, which proposed ditching Uefa’s Champions League and concentrating money and power within the ‘founding’ members.

The memes soon started up as football fans began revelling in the news that the widely despised Super League format was clearly losing momentum.

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