Manchester United has withdrawn from the European Super League following a barrage of criticism.
Joel Glazer, the club’s co-owner, was a major supporter of the breakaway league, but widespread condemnation from the government, the Premier League, UEFA, players, coaches, fans, and pundits has contributed to the withdrawal of all six English clubs.
Manchester City and Chelsea were the first to announce that they would not be joining, and United followed suit, along with the other three English clubs, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea.
Manchester United will not compete in the European Super League, according to a statement from the club. We’ve paid close attention to what our fans, the UK government, and other main stakeholders have to say.
“We remain committed to collaborating with those in the football industry to find long-term solutions to the game’s long-term problems.”
Glazer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward were two of the driving forces behind the breakaway league, but they did not anticipate the level of outrage that greeted the official announcement on Sunday evening.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson convened a meeting after calling the plans “very detrimental” to football. The Premier League’s 14 other clubs have arranged their own meeting to reject the plans.
Clubs began to withdraw after fans protested outside Elland Road on Monday night and again outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.