After the failure of the European Super League, it has been a tough period for the people involved in it. Chelsea were one of the first clubs to withdraw, however, the withdrawal has raved the owner, Roman Abramovich as this decision can impact his reputation in the future.
The European Super League was abruptly shut down after backlash from fans and the authorities linked with football. All of them showcased their dissatisfaction and anger, because of which the people linked with the breakaway league were left with no other options.
The League comprised of 12 teams from the top leagues across Europe. Half of them belonged to the Premier League. The remaining were equally distributed among Serie A and La Liga. Their main motive was to earn money to help them in the financially troubled season.
As the 12 clubs were to remain permanent members in the competition, they were confirmed to earn a certain amount every year, despite their performance. This would help them cover their losses. However, it didn’t go through as Abramovich-owned Chelsea led the withdrawal process which was followed by other Premier League clubs.
Roman Abramovich unhappy with the decision made by Chelsea:
Chelsea were one of the founding members of the controversial league. However, they were also the first to back out from it as well. The fans played a big role in how things turned out and the same goes for them at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea faced Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday. A win could have helped them leapfrog Leicester City for the 3rd spot. However, amidst the chaos, they were only able to salvage a point in the goalless draw. Before the match, the fans had gathered outside the stadium to protest the ESL. The decision to back out was taken beforehand. However, the fans wanted to show that they are angry with the club for even considering participating in a competition like this.
A person more upset than the fans was Roman Abramovich. Roman had trusted the club to have taken the right decision. The owner has been left upset and furious as the unexpected uproar of the fans may affect his long legacy at the club.
“As reported earlier this evening, Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group developing plans for a European Super League.
“Having joined the group late last week, we have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the Club, our supporters or the wider football community.” – The statement released by Chelsea after withdrawing from ESL.
Florentino Perez offers a complicated statement:
As of now, almost every club have withdrawn, except Real Madrid and Barcelona. Despite the clubs officially revealing that they have backed out, the competition’s chairman and Madrid’s president Florentino Perez is somehow optimistic about the competition and has revealed a puzzle of an interview. According to him, the Super League was meant to save football. He said that the game was losing its charm. And people were getting bored of the current way it was played. Bringing the top clubs together and making them face each other every week is what people would have appreciated.
It feels a little concerning as the interview he gave after the clubs had pulled out seemed like he has prepared all contingency plans. He has revealed that the League has not been suspended, it is currently on stand-by. The reason for the clubs’ withdrawal was because one English club was not feeling convinced. As a result of which it spread among the other clubs to take do the same.
Perez further added that if this plan doesn’t succeed, another one will. The 12 clubs had signed a binding contract which means they cannot leave just like that. As long as no team has paid the penalty, they are all still in this.