Football clubs in England, Chelsea and Manchester CityThey are retreating from the fledgling European Premier LeagueAlso on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter commented on the drive for the project On the verge of collapse A few days after it was launched.
This threatens to thwart the project of a powerful group of clubs from England, Spain and Italy just two days after its launch. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Chelsea are preparing to send documents to tell the Premier League that they want to leave their 12-team group.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Chelsea had not yet sent their decision to the organizers of the new tournament, something that would keep a group of clubs steady unlike the current Champions League.
The departure of one of the UK’s most popular teams could help spark a wider exodus from the new Premier League. The ChelseaOwned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, tonight, he plays a Premier League match at his home in West London.
For this part, The Telegraph I mentioned that City of Manchester He would leave the new league, although it was the English club itself that later announced it would be the first team He will officially leave the competition.
Chelsea “Because the plans have not yet been made public, they face some legal obstacles to withdrawal that must be overcome,” said the person, who asked not to be named.
Influenced by the global backlash, Abramovi is concerned that the Premier League may overshadow the work the club has done to combat racism and anti-Semitism and help communities affected by the pandemic.
Earlier today, the French club Paris Saint-Germain He has made it clear that he will not join the new competition backed by JP Morgan.
He mentioned that Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are also considering retiring. telegraph.
“Roman Abramovich saw the weight of the fans’ opinion, “said Kieran Maguire, professor of football finance at Liverpool University. “He always loved that the fans adore him and he must feel that by his retirement he is showing his solidarity with them.”
Chelsea officials could not be reached for comment. Aston Villa, another English club, said on Tuesday that it had rejected the Premier League plans, saying it was like a “sinister scheme”.
With AP info.
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