The initiators are going to reconsider the shape of the Super League, but are not yet planning to give up the new elite tournament for good.

The controversial project has come under further pressure after the six English participants withdrew on Tuesday.

"Due to the new developments, we are considering certain steps to reform the project," the Super League said in a statement.

"Keeping in mind that we want to provide fans with the best possible experience while improving solidarity contributions throughout football."

The Super League was announced on the night from Sunday to Monday and has been under pressure from moment one.

Due to the storm of criticism from football associations, other clubs and especially their own supporters, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool no longer want to participate.

Of the twelve founders, only the Spanish (FC Barcelona, ​​Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid) and the Italian clubs (Internazionale, AC Milan and Juventus) are now left and a number of those teams would also consider leaving the Super League. .

Yet the initiators do not want to pull the plug on the controversial project yet.

Chelsea supporters took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the new Super League.

Chelsea supporters took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the new Super League.

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'Our plan is fully in line with legislation and regulations'

In particular, the Super League feels legally supported.

Although UEFA threatened to remove the founders from the Champions League this season and to ban all players from those clubs from playing for their country, the judge on Tuesday ruled that this is not allowed for the time being.

“Despite the departure of the English clubs, which have taken this decision under pressure, we are convinced that our proposal is fully in line with current laws and regulations. statement of the Super League.

"The football climate has to change, because the current system is not working. With our plan we want to develop the sport and generate resources that can provide stability throughout the football pyramid. Especially in view of the financial problems caused by the corona pandemic "

President Florentino Pérez of Real Madrid, also the chairman of the Super League, already emphasized on Monday evening that he believes football needs a new impulse. "Young people are no longer interested in it and so we need to make the sport more attractive. We are doing this to save football."