34 of the best memes and jokes about unravelling of the European Super League

Greg Evans
Wednesday 21 April 2021 09:56
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Plans for the controversial European Super League lay in tatters on Wednesday, after the six English teams involved in the breakaway league pulled out following a universal backlash.

Fans, pundits, players and managers would have directly been affected by the league, which aimed to replace the Champions League with a set competition of 20 teams, 15 of which would not be relegated regardless of results.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were all set to be involved in the league but, slowly on Tuesday, all began to back away and confirm they would no longer be taking part. Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid dropped out on Wednesday morning leaving the future of The Super League in serious doubt.

As a result, the six English teams have issued statements with some apologising for attaching their names to the scheme. Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of Man Utd, has also resigned and will leave the role at the end of the year.

As it stands, just, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus remain but there are rumours that even some of those teams have their own concerns and trepidations about the project. In fact, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, one of the masterminds behind the project, has suggested it can no longer go ahead.

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The reaction to the news, which has dominated the football world for the past few days, was one of jubilation and a sense that fan action and speaking out could actually have an effect when everyone was united on the same point.

As the news filtered through, fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea were playing Brighton, celebrated and social media was soon flooded with memes mocking those who were behind The Super League, who are now left licking their wounds.

Others mocked the chairmen who have since stepped down over the debacle.

Some praised the players who were said to be involved in the revolt.

Clubs and players – both active and retired – and even leagues got involved too.

The whole thing almost overshadowed the premiere of the trailer for Ted Lasso season 2.

It remains to be seen what will happen next and if the four teams remaining will also pull out of the league or try to recruit others. But, at the moment, there is a sense of optimism that if fans are united then football as we know it can be preserved forever and possibly turned into something even better.

Update: AC Milan has since pulled out of the Super League. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has since claimed that none of the 12 clubs have not left the league yet as “You cannot get out of the contract like this - they are binding contracts.” He added that the “the project is on standby” and that the competition was created to “save football.”

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