ICYMI: The European Super League has been suspended
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ICYMI: The European Super League has been suspended

The Super League was abandoned by the six English clubs before a ball was kicked in the European breakaway competition, leaving the Spanish and Italian sides stranded.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur all walked away from the plan to launch a largely closed midweek competition on Tuesday evening, citing an escalating backlash from fans and threats from the British government that legislation might be implemented to prevent it.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez oversaw the Super League project, which also included Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in Spain, as well as Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan from Italy. Without the six clubs from the world's richest competition, the UEFA-run Champions League became unviable.

The remaining embryonic Super League organization was defiant, blaming the English clubs' expulsion on "pressure" and arguing that the plan was legal and could be resurrected in some form.

“Given the current circumstances,” the Super League said in a statement, “we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”

The English clubs heeded UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin's pleas to stay in the Champions League, which has a qualification system dependent on a team's domestic league results.

“I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake,” he said.

“But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.

“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are both expected to leave, according to reports in Spain, while both Milan clubs are expected to follow the exodus, according to Italian newspapers.