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European Super League Collapses as Nine of 12 Teams Withdraw


Just 48 hours after its formation, the European Super League has collapsed with nine of the 12 clubs involved withdrawing.

The launch was controversial, drawing widespread backlash from FIFA and the UEFA, soccer’s global fanbase, and even heads of state (looking at you, Prince William). 

Tuesday evening, all six English clubs were the first to announce their intentions to withdraw. Following them Wednesday morning were Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Multiple reports have stated that Barcelona was also in the process of withdrawing from the league.

Many had raised questions about what the league would mean for the women’s teams. The announcement Sunday came with the stipulation that a Women’s Super League would be formed — after the men’s league was already established.

UEFA chief of women’s football Nadine Kessler pushed back against the Super League, calling it “direct threat.” Her sentiment was shared by Olympique Lyonnais forward Ada Hegerberg.