The crazy 48 hours that led to the creation and destruction of the controversial European Super League as the ‘Big Six’ begin embarrassing climbdown having announced process of leaving breakaway competition
- The European Super League effectively collapsed 48 hours after shock launch
- Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham were all involved
- But the so-called Premier League Big Six were soon forced into dramatic U-turn
- Sportsmail looks at the timeline of a crazy 48 hours that created widespread fury
Football was thrown into turmoil on Sunday when the Premier League’s so-called leading clubs announced proposals to set up a breakaway European Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had agreed to form a new closed-shop competition along with Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The move was set to drastically alter the domestic and European formats of the game on a scale not seen before in the sport’s history, but was met with furious backlash.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had announced controversial plans to join a European Super League on Sunday
Such was the anger from fans, players and managers over the proposal, all six Premier League teams were forced into an embarrassing climbdown just two days after an official announcement of the new league.
Here, Sportsmail looks at the creation and destruction of the Super League during a crazy 48 hours.
Rumours circulate that 12 clubs are plotting to form a breakaway European Super League — a move that would completely change the footballing landscape.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are the six English clubs involved.
The backlash is instantaneous and the fury increases as the day goes on. Gary Neville lets rip on Sky, describing it as a ‘disgrace’ and a ‘criminal act against fans’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the plans are ‘damaging for football’ and that he supports authorities who are taking action against it.
Gary Neville aired his fury on Sunday following the announcement of the Super League
The 12 clubs release statements confirming they have signed up to join a European Super League.
Football is in crisis and the criticism is growing. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin calls the architects of the plan ‘snakes and liars’.
The Government announce they will do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop the European Super League happening. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden criticises the six English clubs for going ‘against the very spirit of the game’ during a statement in the House of Commons. Prince William voices his concerns, too.
Leeds play Liverpool amid the fallout, with the game itself a sideshow. The Leeds players warm up in shirts with the slogan, ‘Football is for the fans’. Jurgen Klopp voices his opposition to the ESL and later James Milner says: ‘I don’t like it one bit and hopefully it doesn’t happen.’
Leeds players warmed up in shirts claiming ‘Football is for the fans’ before their Premier League game with Liverpool on Monday night
Pep Guardiola says: ‘It is not sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn’t matter when you lose.’
Chelsea fans protest outside Stamford Bridge — holding up the team bus. Chelsea technical director Petr Cech joins the crowd and begs for calm.
It is revealed that Chelsea and Manchester City are pulling out and the dominoes start falling. Rumours swirl that Atletico will do the same. Minutes later, news breaks that Ed Woodward has quit as Manchester United executive vice-chairman. A little over 48 hours after it began, the Super League is dying, with all six English clubs signalling their intention to leave in separate statements.
Football fans led furious protests outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening in the build up to Chelsea’s clash with Brighton