Emergency European Super League meeting ‘tonight’ as clubs drop out of project

The European Super League’s 12 teams are set to meet to discuss disbanding the European Super League.

Plans for the breakaway league appeared to have unravelled within 48 hours of the announcement that 12 teams including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham would be taking part.

Governing bodies have threatened bans, fans have protested while players, managers and pundits have all spoken against the plans.

The Blues and the Premier League leaders have since reportedly started “preparing documentation” to withdraw from the ESL amid protests outside Stamford Bridge.

With Atletico Madrid, one of the three Spanish clubs involved, also looking to pull out, talkSPORT have now reported that the 12 teams will meet tonight.

They are meeting to discuss the idea of disbanding the planned tournament due to the severe backlash from the footballing world.

The Premier League sides were announced with Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus.

With plans to bring in three more teams, five more would require qualification for a midweek tournament consisting of two 10-team decisions before knockouts.

But the positions of the founding 12 teams would not come under threat in the ESL, leading to criticism from pundits – and even City boss Pep Guardiola – for the lack of competition.

While the protests took place, Real president Florentino Perez – the architect of the saga – has has claimed that the teams are locked into the league through documentation.

Speaking to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito, he said: "The contract of the Super League is binding. Nobody can leave, we will work all together.

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    The protests started at Leeds’ ground as they hosted Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road on Monday night.

    It saw supporters burn shirts of the Anfield side as well as chanting “six greedy b******s” before chasing the team bus.

    While Chelsea fans have swarmed outside the home ground, with former goalkeeper Petr Cech trying to keep the peace.

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