Manila Bulletin

Super League abandoned


– The proposed European Super League (ESL) appeared dead in the water yesterday after all six English clubs withdrew following a furious backlash from fans and threats from football authoritie­s.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were six of the 12 sides to sign up to the breakaway competitio­n that guaranteed spots each year and billions of dollars for founding members.

But reaction to the plans has been scathing, with politician­s and football chiefs threatenin­g to take legal action against the so-called ''dirty dozen'', who were told they faced potential bans from domestic and continenta­l competitio­ns.

City were the first to withdraw, followed by United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and finally Chelsea -- just 48 hours after the Super League was first announced.

That leaves just six Spanish and Italian sides -- Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus -- still involved.

Manchester United announced the departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and Arsenal apologised to fans for their ''mistake''.

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