Top Man United Official Resigns From Club After European Super League Backlash
- Ed Woodward has spent nearly a decade as Manchester United executive vice-chairman
- The experienced investment banker is understood to have played an integral role in the formation of the Super League
- The controversial tournament saw up to 12 elite clubs drawn from Europe sign up, with others initially expected to follow suit
Ed Woodward has tendered his resignation as Man United executive vice-chair following backlash over the European Super League.
Woodward is understood to have played a central role in the formation of the competition which was projected to rival the Champions League.
It was reported up to 12 elite European clubs had ratified the breakaway plan, with eight other clubs initially expected to sign up to make it a 20-member tournament.
Reports on the new arrangement surfaced on the evening of Sunday, April 18, prompting outrage from fans, footballers, pundits, and even politicians.
Football governing bodies including the English FA, FIFA, and UEFA also delved into the matter, with the organisations warning of dire consequences.
UEFA threatened of instituting legal proceedings against clubs involved, with the body also warning players they would be banned from playing international football should they participate in the Super League.
Woodward has now resigned from his role at United in the wake of the backlash, with BBC Sport reporting he will step down at the end of the season.
His exit came just hours after it was reported the experienced English banker had met United players for a crisis meeting.
It is understood Red Devils players had expressed reservation over the club's decision to join the Super League, with some said to be concerned with the prospect of never representing their teams.
Woodward has spent nearly a decade as Man United executive vice-chair having taken over from David Gill in 2012.
The experienced investment banker was initially in charge of United's commercial and media operations before his elevation by The Glazers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City and Chelsea are preparing documentation to request their withdrawal from the European Super League.
No fewer than 12 football clubs who announced their breakaway competition have left their positions at the UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA).
The clubs consist of Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and AC Milan.