Liverpool has announced that they will no longer compete in the Super League.
The Reds confirmed late Tuesday evening that they had “discontinued” their participation in the contentious plans, which, if realized, would have turned the domestic, European, and foreign football worlds upside down.
Their decision came after a remarkable 48 hours in which players and fans came together to reject the plans and urge clubs to uphold the heritage and tradition of the world’s most famous sport.
The players’ union, Spirit of Shankly, called on the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, to “consider their roles with immediate effect,” while the supporters’ union, Spirit of Shankly, called on the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, to “consider their positions with immediate effect.”
A number of Kop legends, including Robbie Fowler and Sir Kenny Dalglish, have urged the club to rethink its participation in the proposed Super League, although Jamie Carragher has stated that FSG’s ownership at Anfield “could not see a future.”
Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham all announced their intention to withdraw from the Super League plans at the same time as Liverpool did.
Arsenal wrote an open letter to their supporters, apologizing for the inconvenience caused. “We made a blunder, and we apologize,” it said.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, expressed regret for “the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL plan,” while Manchester United said that they had “carefully listened to the reaction from our supporters, the UK government, and other main stakeholders.”