Tottenham Begin Withdrawal from Super League Amid Mass Exodus of English Clubs from Competition

Published April 21st, 2021 - 04:32 GMT
Spurs followed the lead of other Premier League sides who had initially joined the competition before reversing course on Tuesday (Photo: AFP)
Spurs followed the lead of other Premier League sides who had initially joined the competition before reversing course on Tuesday (Photo: AFP)

Tottenham announced late on Tuesday night that they have formally begun the process of backing out of the Super League in a swift reversal

The club had said two days prior that they would be a founding member of the 20-team competition of elite European sides, but their thinking apparently changed as supporters decried the havoc the new division could create for the world of football.

Spurs' decision to begin their withdrawal from the Super League comes after Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal had done the same, with Chelsea expected to follow.

What has been said?

"We can confirm that we have formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL)," the club wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal. We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.

“We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world. We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”

Who else has withdrawn?

Tottenham have become the latest club to remove themselves from the Super League, joining the rest of the Premier League's Big Six in backing out.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all confirmed their intentions to back out, with Barcelona potentially on the way out as well.

Arsenal apologized for their "mistake" in the wake of consistent backlash and protests from across the footballing landscape.

The future of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus in the Super League remains to be seen.


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