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Inter & Atletico Madrid withdraw from European Super League

Milan have also released a statement with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus expected to follow suit as the controversial project fizzles out

Inter and Atletico Madrid have announced their intention to walk away from the proposed European Super League.

On Sunday, 12 of Europe’s elite clubs were named as founding members of the breakaway project, designed to rival the UEFA Champions League.

Only two days passed before things started to unravel, however, with all six of the Premier League clubs involved pulling out on Tuesday.

What have Inter said?

Inter released a statement which read: “FC Internazionale Milano confirm that the club is no longer part of the Super League project.

“We are always committed to giving fans the best football experience; innovation and inclusion are part of our DNA since our foundation. Our engagement with all stakeholders to improve the football industry will never change.

“Inter believes that football, like every sector of activity, must have an interest in constantly improving its competitions, to keep on exciting fans of all ages around the world, within a framework of financial sustainability.

“With this vision we look forward to carrying on working together with institutions and all stakeholders for the future of the sport we all love.”

What have Atletico said?

Atletico’s statement read: “The Atletico de Madrid board of directors, meeting this Wednesday morning, has decided to formally communicate to the Super League and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to finally formalise its adherence to the project.

“Atletico de Madrid made the decision last Monday to join this project in response to circumstances that no longer exist today.

“For the club, harmony is essential between all the groups that make up the rojiblanca family, especially our fans.

“The first team squad and their coach have shown their satisfaction with the club’s decision, understanding that sporting merits must prevail over any other criteria.”

AC Milan make Super League announcement

Milan have also released a statement in reaction to the backlash from supporters and experts across the European game, but seem to have stopped short of dropping out of the competition altogether.

The commincation on their official website read: “We accepted the invitation to participate in the Super League project with the genuine intention of creating the best possible European competition for fans from all over the world, to protect the interests of the Club and our supporters. Change is not easy, but evolution is necessary to progress, and the structure of European football has also evolved and changed over the years.

“But the voices and concerns of fans around the world regarding the Super League project have been strong and clear, and our Club must remain sensitive and attentive to the opinion of those who love this wonderful sport.

“However, we will continue to work actively to define a sustainable model for the world of football.”

What next for the Super League?

As of Wednesday morning, only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have yet to formally communicate that they too will no longer take part in the project.

One of the main players in the creation of the Super League, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, admitted defeat on Wednesday too.

When asked if the enterprise could still go ahead despite so many teams having abandoned it, Agnelli replied: “To be frank and honest no, evidently that is not the case.”

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