Premier League side Chelsea is now preparing documentation to withdraw from the Super League, according to reports.
The Super League’s proposal was backed by six English Premier League sides, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal.
“We know that Chelsea and Manchester City aren’t the drivers of this plan. They are slightly different because they are owned by extremely wealthy individuals and their motivation was more fearing being left behind,” said BBC reporter Dan Roan.
“It was always they that were last to sign, and it seems they are going to be the first to come out and I don’t think that’s a huge surprise.”
“Something has changed today – whether it is the backlash, the worldwide condemnation, the government pressure, the fans that we’ve seen protesting or the players or whether they’ve just worked out it is simply not worth the trouble.”
Stamford Bridge chiefs were only thought to have signed up as founder members of the Super League in order not to be left behind by the rogue breakaway.
Premier League leaders Manchester City are also pulling out of Super League. City have told organizers they no longer want to be part of the £4.6billion scheme.