Although English journalists reported Tuesday evening that Chelsea were the first to withdraw from the Premier League, the first official announcement was made by Manchester City, which was the first Domino to eventually collapse in the Premier League. Already on Sunday, when the first information about the creation of the new competition began to appear, the British media speculated that one of the six English clubs that joined the Premier League is not entirely convinced of this.
There are many indications that this club was Manchester City. And it’s not just about fan protests or UEFA threats, but also, and perhaps above all, political pressure. On Sunday, the Superliga project came under fire from the British Prime Minister – Boris Johnson – and as it turned out, the local government was not the only reaction to the club’s decision.
Politics decided to withdraw Manchester City from the Premier League?
“The Times,” pHe said that after the official announcement of the creation of the European Premier League, one of Johnson’s closest confidants – Lord Audney Leicester – informed the UAE that Manchester City’s decision could have a very negative impact on communications and relationships. With Great Britain with this country.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, controls Abu Dhabi United Group, which owns Manchester City. Mansour is a member of the royal family, and his half-brother – Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – is the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Lord Audney Lister, 71, has been one of Johnson’s closest confidants for years. Both gentlemen collaborated on the days when Johnson was mayor of London and I wish Leicester his deputy. Later, he was an advisor to the Prime Minister, and as of February, was responsible for Britain’s relations with the Gulf states.
The Superliga project collapsed less than two days after its creation. After the withdrawal of six English clubs: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Inter also resigned from the tournament. On Wednesday evening, Florentino Perez, the likely president of the Super League, announced that despite the world’s reaction and the lack of UEFA support, the Premier League project was not finally thrown out.