Manchester City were the first to officially withdraw from the league after that Chelsea revealed a plan to do so by preparing their withdrawal documents.
Four other clubs — Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur followed suit. The announcement of the creation of the new ESL tournament boasting the participation of the first 12 teams was officially unveiled on Sunday and sparked mixed reactions from football stakeholders around the world including fans, UEFA and FIFA officials ).
Man-City, who currently lead the EPL table, have confirmed that they have “implemented all the necessary steps in the withdrawal process” on the ESL.
For their part, Liverpool said their involvement in the tournament was “officially terminated
Man-United said they had “listened more to the feelings expressed by their fans, the British Government and other key stakeholders” before making the decision to withdraw.
Arsenal sent a letter of apology to their fans saying “it was a mistake to enter the ESL” and insisted that their withdrawal came after listening to “a wider community of football fans”.
Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy, for his part, said he regretted the “inconvenience” caused by the proposed design for the ESL match.
In addition to the six major EPL teams, the other clubs involved in the formation of the ESL tournament are Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid of Spain as well as AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus of the Italian Premier League (Serie A).
About 1,000 Chelsea fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest their team's move to join ESL ahead of the EPL match between Chelsea and Brighton side who forced the Blues to a barren draw.
Man-United's vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has been heavily involved in the ESL launch, has announced his resignation at the end of 2021.
Among the players in the six major EPL clubs who have also opposed the move to the ESL Cup are Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Man-City striker Raheem Sterling.
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