Boris Johnson slams European Super League 'cartel'
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Chelsea look set to become the first club to pull out of the new European Super League, according to reports. Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be preparing a withdrawal request, with the relevant documentation being written up by club chiefs.
Opposition to the controversial tournament has been widespread since the plans were unveiled on Sunday evening.
Chelsea, along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, have been slammed for their involvement by fans, pundits and politicians alike.
Despite the significant backlash, reports had suggested that club owners were committed to joining the Super League regardless of its implications on the wider game.
However, it seems as though Chelsea have had a change of heart and are looking to renounce their position, according to BBC Sport.
A large fan protest has been taking place at Stamford Bridge ahead of this evening’s Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the vast majority of supporters enraged by the idea of their beloved club appearing to choose financial gain over sporting integrity.
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Former Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech was spotted attempting to calm the situation on the streets, urging the crowd to part ways and allow the two team buses through.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be successful in their plan to withdraw from the Super League, with the organisation’s president Florentino Perez claiming that clubs will not be allowed to leave under any circumstances as they are under contract.
“The contract of the Super League is binding,” he told El Chiringuito TV.
“Nobody can leave, we will work all together. All the clubs signed the contracts last Saturday, there’s no problem.”
FIFA and UEFA have threatened to ban Super League clubs and players from all other domestic, continental and European competition.
When quizzed on whether the 12 ‘Founding Clubs’ would be able to escape the fury of football’s governing bodies, Perez replied: “Don’t worry, this will not happen. They won’t be banned if they join the Super League.
“Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea, and the other clubs of the Super League will not be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues, 100 per cent. I’m sure. Impossible.”
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