Serie A and Laliga giants Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have become the latest European sides to pull the plug on their commitments to the much-maligned Super League.
The Premier League’s Big Six – Manchester City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham – all withdrew from the European Super League late on Tuesday night leading to its suspension amid a widespread revolt from fans after news emerged just 48 hours earlier that they were six of the 12 founding members.
And now both Inter Milan and Atletico have confirmed they have joined the Premier League’s Big Six in performing a U-turn.
The clubs yet to cut ties with the doomed Super League AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Inter said in their statement on Wednesday morning that they will continue to work with the relevant authorities in the future in order to ‘continue to excite fans of all ages over the world’.
“FC Internazionale Milano confirms that the club is no longer part of the Super League project,” the statement read. “We are always committed to giving the fans the best football experience; innovation and inclusion have been part of our DNA since our foundation. Our commitment with all stakeholders to improve the football industry will never change.
“Inter believe that football, like any sector of activity, should have an interest in constantly improving its competitions, in order to continue to excite fans of all ages all over the world, within a framework of financial sustainability.
“With this vision we will continue to work together with institutions and all stakeholders for the future of the sport we all love.”
Meanwhile, Atletico admitted they withdrew from the Super League in order to ensure ‘harmony’ remains between the club, players and its loyal fans.
The club’s statement read: “The Atletico de Madrid Board of Directors, meeting this Wednesday morning, has decided to formally communicate to the Superliga and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to finally formalize 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.”
After it was officially announced that the 12 clubs had become founding members of the Super League, the plans which created a civil war within football were quickly protested by fans across Europe.
The breakaway competition threatened to drastically change the football landscape across the continent.