After Chelsea fans protested and compelled owners to exit the breakaway league, Manchester City will withdraw from Super League too.
City thus become the second club, among the twelve Founding Clubs and the Premier League ‘Big Six’, wishing to retract.
Only two days after the breakaway league became public, fans ensured their favourite clubs recall their involvement, based in greed. In fact, Chelsea fans stormed outside Stamford Bridge and their protests blocked the team bus from getting through:
Angry City supporters also protested their own club’s involvement. They placed protest banners outside Etihad Stadium and are planning further demonstrations.
Another big blow to City came when head coach Pep Guardiola disagreed with the format of the new league. He said “it’s not sport” where effort and success don’t add up. It’s not sport, per Pep, when some teams never lose, and success is already guaranteed for these teams alone.
City players also expressed discontent over the club owners’ decision. Kevin De Bruyne expressed the importance of open competition and called for a resolution.
Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez showed covert support for their coach’s words. They liked the club’s official post carrying it, no doubt pressured by the club to not openly discuss the matter.
In light of all this, the club officially announced on Tuesday night that Manchester City will withdraw from Super League.