The European Super League was boldly announced on Sunday, with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United the founding members. Florentino Perez, recently re-elected president of Madrid, was slated as being in line to serve as the first president.
It's not just the English teams rapidly pulling out… senior sources at Atletico Madrid tell me they are OUT, too.
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) April 20, 2021
The format of the competition was supposed to be made up of 20 clubs, with 15 founding clubs and an additional five clubs that qualify annually based on the previous season’s performance. All games were set to be played midweek, with each club continuing to compete in their national leagues to preserve the traditional calendar. The season was slated to begin in August, with home and away matches played.
Man United players revolted behind the scenes. Shaw and Maguire both heavily involved. They took it to the very top and confronted Ed Woodward.
ESL IS DONE!
— Leah Smith (@LeahSmith_) April 20, 2021
The idea, however, seemed to be in serious jeopardy as of Tuesday evening. The first dominoes to fall were Chelsea and City, who reportedly were on the verge of pulling out of the Super League project. Ben Jacobs then reported that Atletico were on the verge of pulling out themselves, while Xavi Torres reported that Joan Laporta won’t ratify Barcelona’s membership into the Super League unless it’s approved by their members. Leah Smith, as carried by Caught Offside, then reported that United are also on the verge of pulling out with confirmation due in the coming hours.