Arsenal, Man Utd, Spurs and Liverpool also leave European Super League project

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The remaining four Premier League clubs have tonight confirmed their departure from the European Super League.

The foursome have bowed to universal condemnation after widespread protests regarding the plans to join the breakaway league, hours after Chelsea and Manchester City also backed out.

In a statement released this evening, Arsenal said: "As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League.

"We made a mistake, and we apologise for it."

Liverpool said: "Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.

"In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions."

Tottenham said: "We can confirm that we have formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL)."

And ManchesterUnited put: "We will not be participating in the European Super League."

United's withdrawal comes hours after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced he would be leaving the club after playing a big part in organising the new competition.

"I am extremely proud to have served United, and it has been an honour to work for the world's greatest football club for the past 16 years, he said.

Speaking tonight, City confirmed they were exiting the tournament.

"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," the club said in a short statement.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said he was "delighted" by City's decision to quit the breakaway project.

But fans criticised him for welcoming the club "back to the European football family".

"They have shown great intelligence in listening to the many voices – most notably their fans – that have spelled out the vital benefits that the current system has for the whole of European football," Ceferin said.

"City are a real asset for the game and I am delighted to be working with them for a better future for the European game."

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