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Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

The biggest farce in the history of European football is coming to an end after all six English clubs that had confirmed they had agreed to be founding members have confirmed they are pulling out.

Manchester City became the first team to quit the controversial project on Tuesday evening and were later followed by Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Chelsea have also begun proceedings to withdraw from the breakaway competition, as a remarkable day of drama also saw United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward resign.

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."

After all Liverpool players took to social media to confirm they wanted no part of the Super League, the Anfield club released a brief statement just before 11pm announcing the club's withdrawal.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued," read the statement.

"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."

Arsenal 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."

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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)."

Levy said in a statement: "We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal.

"We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.

"We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.

"We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions."

In a late night statement, the European Super League organisers hinted they may try to revive the comeptition as they insisted change needs to be instigated in the game.

"Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put 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," said the ESL.

"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 solidarity payments for the entire football community."

It now remains to be seen whether the owners involves in the disastrous Super League plan have any credibility to continue in their roles, with UEFA already confirming they are ready to welcome the rebel clubs back into their fold after 48 hours of vicious acrimony.

Football's civil war is over for now, with all eyes now on what happens next.

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