Chelsea, whose fans were protesting outside Stamford Bridge ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League match against Brighton, changed their mind because of the overwhelming negative worldwide reaction.
The club felt it was in danger of overshadowing all the good work they have been doing in the community on the pandemic, fighting racism and antisemitism.
According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, the “totally negative reaction to ESL plans was in danger of totally overshadowing all the good work the club does in the community.
Manchester City have also told organisers that they do not wish to be part of the Super League.
City join Chelsea as the second of the six English member clubs to choose to withdraw following a hugely negative global reaction to the planned competition.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are the remaining four English clubs tied to the competition.