The Super League has released a statement 48 hours after its initial announcement, declaring they will ‘reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project.’
It is not exactly a complete suspension, but in all effects is putting a pause on the plans to go ahead at pace.
“The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change,” read tonight’s statement.
“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work. Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic.
“It would also provide materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.
“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.
“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”
The breakaway tournament was only unveiled by 12 clubs on Sunday at midnight continental European time.
After 48 hours, the six English clubs had all formally pulled out, an exodus started by Manchester City, followed by Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.
This left only Juventus, Inter, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
After a crisis meeting on Tuesday night, the Super League released another statement confirming the entire project has been suspended.
This still leaves the door open to possibly picking it back up in future, but the extraordinary backlash that generated a turnaround in just 48 hours makes that improbable.