Chelsea are preparing documents to formally withdraw from the European Super League, Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday.
If Chelsea goes ahead with the withdrawal, five clubs in England will be left – Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham – in the breakaway competition.
Chelsea’s move is coming after the competition received major backlash from players, pundits and politicians describing it as a “cartel” solely motivated by greed.
Fans of the club were seen gathered outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, with police forced to close roads and made a number of arrests.
News broke on Sunday night about the proposed competition, with Europe’s football governing body, UEFA, and the world’s football governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), both threatening to sanction clubs and players who will join the league.