The founding clubs of the European Super League project continued their consecutive withdrawal from the competition, 48 hours after their launch was announced.
Spanish Atlético Madrid and Italian Inter Milan announced their withdrawal from the European Super League.
The six English clubs participating in the tournament, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspire, were relegated to the tournament, Tuesday, following sharp criticism and government rejection of the tournament, and threats by international and European unions Fifa and UEFA to make official decisions against the participants.
12 was a prominent club led by Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid's president, who announced plans to establish the competition, Sunday, but after the withdrawal of English clubs, Inter and Atlético only 3 teams remain Milan and Juventus from Italy along with Spanish Barcelona.
Inter became the first Italian club to decide to exit the European Super League, which it had joined because of the desire of its Chinese president, Steven Zahang, to find a solution to the club's recent financial crises.
In an official statement Wednesday, Atletico revealed its retreat from participation in the Super League: "At its Wednesday morning meeting, the governing body of the club decided to tell the European Super League and founding clubs not to join the project."
On the merits of the decision, the D.C. team explained: "We made the decision to participate in the tournament last Monday on the basis of circumstances that no longer exist. For us, understanding and harmony is essential for the Rokhablanco family of audiences, players and coaches, and our players and coaches have expressed satisfaction with the decision."
The European Super League would have awarded the founding clubs up to £300 million when the initial contracts were signed with the support of the US bank JPMorgan.
For his part, Andrea Annielli, president of Juventus and one of the promoters of the European Super League championship, along with his Real Madrid counterpart, Florentino Perez, confirmed that, despite criticism against the project, it would "go ahead."
Hours after the withdrawal of the English clubs that were among the founders of the new tournament, Angeli confirmed in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica that "there is a blood pact between our clubs, the Superleague project has 100% chances of success, we will move forward."
The Yuvi President said that they were maintaining "open dialogue with FIFA and UEFA," noting that "if they put forward a proposal that we will study" while insisting that the Superleague "poses no threat" because "there is a complete desire to participate in national competitions and championships."