The European Super League has fallen at the first hurdle after all six Premier League clubs that originally agreed to join, have reversed their decision following backlash from fans.
Ahead of their fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, news broke that Chelsea would be withdrawing from the competition, as fans protested outside of Stamford Bridge.
The news was shortly followed by Manchester City officially confirming that they would be withdrawing from the competition. Their statement read: "Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League."
Later, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur announced that they were also backing out of the European Super League.
The Super League responded in the early hours of Wednesday morning: "The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change.
"Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations.
"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 experiences possible, while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community."
The Fall of the European Super League - Timeline
Tuesday April 20, 2021
8:30am - Rumours surface that the Super League could collapse
10:00am - FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the governing body's 'strong disapproval' of the plans
12pm - Senior figure at one of the breakaway Premier League clubs insists they 'will not back down' from their proposals
12:30pm - Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that there is 'no action is off the table' in stopping the Super League
1:30pm - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola criticises the Super League in his press conference, saying that 'it is not sport'
2:15pm - 14 Premier League clubs 'vigorously reject' Super League plans
5:30pm - Chelsea fans begin protesting outside Stamford Bridge
6:30pm - Chelsea's performance and technical advisor, Petr Cech, urges fans to let the team bus into stadium; delaying the kick-off against Brighton & Hove Albion
7pm - News breaks that Chelsea are preparing to withdraw from the Super League
7:30pm - Manchester City join Chelsea in withdrawing from Super League
8pm - Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woordward, steps down
9pm - Liverpool players come out against the Super League on social media
11pm - Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham announce they are withdrawing from the Super League
1am (Wed) - Chelsea officially confirm they are also withdrawing from the Super League
1am (Wed) - Super League says it will reconsider proposals
Author: Jake Wilkin