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Breaking: 2 Clubs Reportedly Pulling Out Of Super League

Chelsea fans protest against the newly proposed European Super League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Chelsea fans protest against the newly proposed European Super League prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It's been just over 48 hours since reports of the creation of a European soccer Super League were met with immediate backlash from players, fans and government alike. Already, it appears like the multi-billion dollar project is hanging by a thread.

The owners behind the Super League were dealt a series of blows on Tuesday afternoon.

Chelsea now preparing documentation to request withdrawing from the ESL

— Dan Roan (@danroan) April 20, 2021

">According to BBC's Dan Roan, Chelsea is "preparing documentation" to withdraw from the new format. Soon after the Roan's report emerged,

Manchester City pulling out of Super League. City have told organisers they no longer want to be part of the £4.6billion scheme. Full details coming @SunSport@TheSunFootball@TheSun

— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) April 20, 2021

">Martin Lipton of The Sun shared that Manchester City would join their Premier League rivals in exiting the league.

"Manchester City pulling out of Super League," Lipton tweeted just after 2:00 p.m. ET. "City have told [organizers] they no longer want to be part of the £4.6billion scheme.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City were among the 12 "Founding Clubs" that announced the Super League project on Sunday. However, after major backlash from UEFA and England's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it appears that both Premier League teams have decided to back out.

The news of Chelsea's preparation to withdraw came in the midst of demonstration's outside of the club's stadium, Stamford Bridge. Fans could be seen celebrating

The scene at Stamford Bridge as it’s reported Chelsea preparing to withdraw

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 20, 2021

">in a video from Miguel Delaney when the report came in, prior to The Blues game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The European Super League was met with fierce resistance soon after it was first reported on Sunday morning. With the project consolidating the team's best, and wealthiest, clubs into one league, it was expected that the project would have devastating consequences on smaller clubs around Europe.

It's unclear if the other founding clubs will follow the lead of Chelsea and Manchester City, but regardless it looks like the European Super League is in trouble.