Ed Woodward resigns as Man Utd vice-chairman over European Super League

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Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has tonight resigned as executive vice-chairman of the Premier League club.

The news comes as big clubs begin to drop out of the European Super League which he helped form in recent months.

Woodward has stepped down after universal backlash for the proposed project, which could now collapse just days after being confirmed.

The United chief, who also left his role at UEFA earlier this week, planned to step down from his role at Old Trafford in the summer but has decided to move on early.

Woodward has been associated with the Reds since 2005, when he advised Malcolm Glazer on his takeover of the club.

The businessman was named executive vice-chairman in 2012 and faced regular criticism from fans over his transfer dealings.

Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, has also stepped down this evening – having also played a massive part in the breakaway plans.

Earlier this evening, Chelsea and Manchester City stepped back from the European Super League project – but United continue to be a member.

Chelsea were forced into action due to huge protests outside Stamford Bridge.

Tonight's clash with Brighton has been delayed after fans blocked the team buses outside the stadium.

Speaking before the match, coach Thomas Tuchel said: “I trust the club that it is all about competition and this is what I feel in the dressing room and this is what I feel in Cobham."

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has spearheaded this plan, says clubs cannot leave due to a 'binding contract'.

As part of an interview with Spanish outlet El Chiringuito, Perez said: "The contract of the Super League is binding. Nobody can leave, we will work all together.

“All the clubs signed the contracts last Saturday, there's no problem.”

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