UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin walks past a sign bearing the UEFA logo after attending a press conference following an executive committee meeting at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, in Switzerland, December 4, 2019 (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he wanted to “rebuild the unity” of the institution of European football on Wednesday after six English clubs retracted their plans to join the rebel Super League.

The withdrawal of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur just two days after the league’s unveiling left just six Spanish and Italian teams involved.

“I said yesterday that it was admirable to admit a mistake and that these clubs made a big mistake,” Ceferin said in a statement.

“But they’re back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not only our competitions but the whole European game.

“The important thing now is to move on, to rebuild the unity the game enjoyed before that and move forward together.”

The withdrawals followed an angry backlash from fans, officials and politicians who said the Super League was greedy and anti-competitive as teams were guaranteed a spot every year.

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