All six Premier League teams have now formally withdrawn from the competition which was condemned by fans, authorities and government ministers in the UK and across Europe. Speaking on BBC Newsnight, David Bernstein, the chairman of Manchester City from 1998-2003, branded the debacle as “amateurish”.
He said: “I think the whole thing is an embarrassment frankly, I think all of the six clubs should be embarrassed. I think it has been amateurish.
“I’m amazed that experienced people could get into such a crass mess as this.”
He added that he was pleased his former club was one of the first two clubs to formally withdraw and that the other clubs were following suit.
British football’s “big six” – made up of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United – have all announced their withdrawal from the 12-team Super League which was established in the hopes of creating a new midweek competition.
European teams including Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus rounded out the 12 team competition.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the big six withdrawal from the Super League, saying: “They are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.
“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”
Mr Bernstein together with Tory MP Helen Grant, former England Defender Gary Neville and former Bank of England Governor Lord Mervyn King, among others, predicted many of current issues in the sport in a manifesto entitled ‘saving our beautiful game’ published last year.
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“It has done in the last 48 hours but generally just doesn’t do.”