As Raheem Sterling bids farewell to Super League, UEFA welcome Man City ‘back to the European football family’

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has this evening responded to Manchester City officially setting the club’s departure from the European Super League in motion.

ESL fallout

The story of the first crop of clubs to have turned their backs on the planned Super League formation has of course taken centre stage online on Tuesday evening.

Amid vicious backlash on the part of fans, pundits and even players across the globe, a quartet of the ESL’s founding members have opted to withdraw from the initiative.

Chelsea were first to reveal their intentions, before Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona swiftly followed suit.

At Manchester United, meanwhile, long-time executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has opted to step down from his position at Old Trafford:

UEFA welcome back City

Amid the widespread chaos across the last couple of hours, though, only one of the dozen clubs to have signed up to the ESL have actually made their plans to depart formal.

The outfit in question? Manchester City.

In a statement released a short time ago, the Sky Blues simply confirmed:

‘Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.’

Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte, meanwhile, have evidently not taken the news too badly:

Interestingly, City’s stars are not the only high-profile individuals to have since provided a reaction to news of the Citizens’ stance.

In a statement of his own tonight, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin hailed the ‘intelligence’ shown by the Manchester giants, welcoming Pep Guardiola and co. ‘back to the European football family’:


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