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By Sports Desk October 24, 2020

An emotional Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje to unify the lightweight division at UFC 254.

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  • European Super League: Remaining clubs vow to 'reshape the project' after English exodus European Super League: Remaining clubs vow to 'reshape the project' after English exodus

    Leaders of the European Super League were weighing up their options after half of their proposed member clubs pulled out Tuesday. 

    The six English clubs - Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea - have all confirmed their withdrawal.

    Their departure leaves Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and Inter to continue.

    "Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due the pressure out 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," the European Super League said in a release. 

    "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 solidary payments for the entire football community."

    The European Super League statement also reiterated that the "current status quo of European football needs to change". It said the current European system "does not work".

    The project has received widespread condemnation from fans, players, coaches, federations and national governments since its initial announcement on Sunday.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs join Super League exodus in remarkable U-turn BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs join Super League exodus in remarkable U-turn

    Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all confirmed they are withdrawing from the proposed European Super League.

  • European Super League: Manchester City withdraw as breakaway lurches close to collapse European Super League: Manchester City withdraw as breakaway lurches close to collapse

    Manchester City have confirmed their withdrawal from the proposed European Super League, leaving the controversial tournament in tatters within 48 hours of being announced.

    Condemnation of the project, which drew the ire of fans, players, coaches, federations and national governments, was near universal following Sunday's rollout, which detailed how the Premier League's 'big six' would be founder members of the Super League alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Milan and Inter.

    The closed-shop element of the league was noted as being contrary to European football's traditions of fair competition – an observation made by City manager Pep Guardiola on Tuesday, among many others.

    Speculation mounted as a dramatic day progressed, with Chelsea also thought to be ready to pull the plug.

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward resigned from his post, although the club claim this decision is not directly related to the apparently doomed Super League project.

    Stats Perform News understands Woodward has brought forward the announcement of a planned exit at the end of this year due to the likelihood of leaks.

    A short statement issued from the other side of town read: "Manchester City Football Club can confirm that it has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League."

    Moments after City confirmed their withdrawal, a statement from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the Champions League semi-finalists "back into the European football family".

    "They have shown great intelligence in listening to the many voices – most notably their fans – that have spelled out the vital benefits that the current system has for the whole of European football; from the world-beating Champions League final right down to a young player's first coaching session at a grassroots club," Ceferin said.

    "As I said at the UEFA Congress, it takes courage to admit a mistake but I have never doubted that they had the ability and common sense to make that decision.

    "City are a real asset for the game and I am delighted to be working with them for a better future for the European game."

    Speaking earlier on Tuesday, ostensibly to preview his team's Premier League trip to Aston Villa, Guardiola become the first person associated with City to speak publicly about the matter of the European Super League and left little doubt where he stood on a concept he described as an affront to sporting competition.

    "Sport is not a sport when the relation between the effort and reward doesn't exist," he said.

    "It's not sport when success is guaranteed, when it doesn't matter if you lose. I want the best competitions as strong as possible. In this statement, it's what I feel. This is not sport."

    As cracks began to appear in the Super League project, City's star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne echoed his manager's sentiments in a Twitter statement.

    "I have worked and competed against everybody trying to win the ultimate. But the most important word in this is COMPETING," he wrote.

    "With all events that have been happening the last few days maybe this is the good moment for everybody to come together and try the work for a solution.

    "We know this is a big business and I know I am part of this business. But still I am a little boy who just loves to play football. It's not about a certain entity in this case, it's about football over the whole world.

    "Let's keep inspiring the next generation of footballers and keep the fans dreaming."

    After City confirmed their exit, De Bruyne's team-mate Raheem Sterling simply tweeted: "Ok bye".

    The farewells look set to keep piling up for this ill-conceived attempt to reshape European football.

    A statement issued by the FA praised the role of fan pressure in helping to bring about the U-turn.

    "We welcome the news that some of the clubs have decided to abandon plans for the European Super League, which threatened the whole football pyramid," it read.

    "English football has a proud history based on opportunity for all clubs and the game has been unanimous in its disapproval of a closed league. It was a proposition that, by design, could have divided our game; but instead, it has unified us all.

    "We would like to thank the fans in particular for their influence and unequivocal voice during this time, holding true the guiding principles of football. It is a powerful reminder that the game is, and always will be, for the fans."

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