Manchester United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer apologised in an open letter to supporters for failing to show respect for the English game’s ‘deep-rooted traditions’. Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry apologised in a video on the club’s website and social media on Wednesday. The founding members were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur from England, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus from Italy and Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona had yet to comment on the Super League by late on Wednesday.
The changes will see the competition increase to 36 from 32 teams, and an overhaul of the group stage into a single table rather than the current groups of four clubs. Teams would play 10 matches each in the group stage rather than the six they currently play and a playoff round would also be introduced before the last 16. But while there has been a broad consensus and those reforms, the big clubs made a late push to have changes to the governance and control of the competition before making Sunday’s dramatic move.