sport news BACK AWAY from European Super League proposals

REVEALED: BACK AWAY from European Super League proposals after FIFA and UEFA closed ranks... as Premier League source slams closed-shop plans led by Juventus and as 'deeply damaging to game' are stepping away from European Super League proposals FIFA and UEFA condemned the idea and threatened World Cup bans for players Such a strong response looks to have made the breakaway plan unsustainable A source close to United called plans 'deeply damaging to fabric of the game' 

By Rob Draper and Nick Harris for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:30 GMT, 23 January 2021 | Updated: 01:32 GMT, 24 January 2021

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Manchester United are understood to have distanced themselves from proposals for a European Super League after FIFA and UEFA's strong stance last week against the plan effectively made it unsustainable.

And a source close to the Premier League also described the Super League blueprint, for a 15-team closed-shop league with only five qualifying spots, as 'deeply damaging to the fabric of the game.' 

The plan, which emerged last week and promised a £310 million joining fee plus the chance to earn £213m a season from the league, is driven by , Juventus and the former Barcelona president Josep-Maria Bartomeu and would have led to United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham being invited to join.

Manchester United are expected to walk away from proposals for a European Super League

are expected to walk away from proposals for a European Super League

United chief Ed Woodward will have seen both FIFA and UEFA's strong stance against plans

United chief Ed Woodward will have seen both FIFA and UEFA's strong stance against plans

But the closing of ranks by football's authorities will make it much more difficult for

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