It’s been reported that Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to withdraw from the European Super League (ESL) after backlash from fans.
Remember that some top clubs in European top leagues revealed plans to break away from the normal league and champions league format to set up their own European super league.
The European Super League emerged on Sunday, April 18 with Six English clubs — (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur) alongside three teams from Italy (AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus) and three from Spain ( Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid) disclosed plans to form a breakaway competition, referred to in the announcement as the Super League.
One of the reasons for the breakaway is because top clubs feel cheated the current champions league format which does not give them enough financial protection.
The top clubs in Premier League does not like the fact that they earn the same amount of television rights money as the likes of Burnley, West Ham, West Brom when they believe fans from all over the world will rather watch a Manchester United vs Chelsea than a West Brom vs Burnley.
The ESL has been widely criticised fans, footballers and sports analysts since being announced on Sunday.
There are reports Chelsea and Manchester City are set to withdraw from the breakaway competition.
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, chanting and holding banners outside Stamford Bridge.