Following fans backlash, Chelsea and Manchester City are planning to leave the European Super League (ESL).
Four of the best clubs in Europe’s top leagues have announced plans to create their own European super league, breaking away from the traditional league and champions league formats.
On Sunday, April 18, the European Super League was announced, with six English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur) joining three Italian clubs (AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus) and three Spanish clubs (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid) in a breakaway competition dubbed the Super League.
One of the reasons for the split is that top clubs felt cheated by the new champions league structure, which does not provide them with sufficient financial security.
When the biggest teams of the Premier League claim that people from all over the world will rather watch a Manchester United vs Chelsea match than a West Brom vs Burnley match, they do not like the fact that they receive the same sum of tv rights revenue as the likes of Burnley, West Ham, and West Brom.
After its announcement on Sunday, the ESL has been highly panned by fans, footballers, and sports commentators.
Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly considering withdrawing from the breakaway race.
Chelsea football club are already preparing documentation to request withdrawing from the ESL, according to BBC Sport.
The news came as hundreds of Chelsea fans tonight protested against the club’s involvement in the breakaway plans, by chanting and holding banners outside Stamford Bridge.