All six English Premier League football teams which had been set to join a European Super League have pulled out of the new concept.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were all announced as participants of the new Super League on Sunday (April 18).
But following a tide of criticism, one by one the clubs withdrew, PA reports.
Chelsea changed their minds on Tuesday (April 20), with fans protesting outside the club's Stamford Bridge ground ahead of their Premier League clash against Brighton.
There were banners criticising the decision and smoke bombs were let off as police tried to control the crowds.
Owner Roman Abramovich is thought to have taken the decision amid the widespread condemnation of the concept.
Manchester City’s withdrawal came after manager Pep Guardiola had publicly criticised the Super League concept, which would see the ‘founding members’ guaranteed entry each year, earlier in the day.
Liverpool released a brief statement just before 11pm announcing the club’s withdrawal, saying: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
In a statement, Manchester United said: “Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.
“We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
“We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”
Arsenal also announced their withdrawal from the European Super League just before 11pm.
The club tweeted: “As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League.
“We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he regretted the “anxiety and upset” caused as he confirmed the club had “formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL).”
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee had confirmed earlier in the day it would hold an evidence session to examine the impact of the Super League proposals.
Further reports suggested Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were on the brink of pulling out while there were conflicting reports in Italy over whether or not Juventus president Andrea Agnelli had also resigned.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward resigned after eight years at the helm. He is thought to have played a key role in the development of the Super League.
It is understood he will remain at United in his current position until the end of 2021.
Liverpool, Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Tottenham from England had joined forces with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – all apparently unhappy at proposed changes to the Champions League – to create their own competition.
The 14 Premier League clubs not involved earlier met and “unanimously and vigorously” rejected the Super League idea.
Meanwhile a source involved in the Champions League format talks believes there will need to be a new discussion about the number of matches involved after the big clubs pushed for 10 in the new group phase – something fans’ groups never wanted.
Changes were voted through on Monday which will see the Champions League increase to 36 teams with each playing 10 league stage matches.