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European Super League in tatters as Atletico, Inter & AC Milan follow English clubs in quitting

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Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and AC Milan are the latest clubs to withdraw from plans for a new European Super League

The project for a breakaway European football competition has been left in tatters after all six English clubs also quit.

Nine of the 12 original teams that were planning to pioneer the new league have now formally pulled out of the project.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham all confirmed their decisions late on Tuesday.

What has been the reaction in Italy?

“FC Internazionale Milano confirms the club is no longer part of the Super League project,” the Italian club said in a press release.

“We are always committed to giving the fans the best football experience; innovation and inclusion have been part of our DNA since our foundation. Our commitment with all stakeholders to improve the football industry will never change.

“Inter believe that football, like any sector of activity, should have an interest in constantly improving its competitions, in order to continue to excite fans of all ages all over the world, within a framework of financial sustainability.

“With this vision, we will continue to work together with institutions and all stakeholders for the future of the sport we all love.”

City rivals AC Milan were also considering their position in the new league and confirmed later on Wednesday that they had also withdrawn.

“We accepted the invitation to participate in the Super League project with the genuine intention to deliver the best possible European competition for football fans around the world and in the best interest of the club and our own fans,” the club said in a statement.

“However, the voices and the concerns of fans around the world have clearly been expressed about the Super League, and AC Milan must be sensitive to the voice of those who love this wonderful sport.”

“We will continue to work hard to deliver a sustainable model for football,” AC Milan added.

The announcements meant Juventus were the only Italian team left in the Super League, but the Turin club’s president Andrea Agnelli said he believes the project cannot go on without the six English clubs.

Juventus said they were aware that other clubs had intended to withdraw from the project, but said that the necessary agreements had not been completed.

“While remaining convinced of the validity of the sporting, commercial and legal premises of the project, Juventus believes that it currently has little chance of being completed in the form in which it was initially conceived,” the club said.

“Juventus remains committed to building long-term value for the Company and for the entire football movement.”

And Spain?

Earlier on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid also announced their decision to quit the proposed breakaway league, after a meeting of its board of directors.

It said that it “decided to formally communicate to the Super League and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to formalise its participation in the project.”

“For the club, harmony between all the groups that make up the red and white family, especially our fans, is essential.”

“The first team squad and their coach have expressed their satisfaction with the club’s decision, as they understand that sporting merits must take precedence over any other criteria.”

Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are also involved with the project and are yet to comment.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was appointed to oversee the Super League, said on Monday that the project was created “to save football”.

Meanwhile, there has been some internal pressure on the Catalan club, from player Gerard Pique.

“Football belongs to the fans. Today more than ever,” he wrote on Twitter.

How the plans folded in England

In a 25-word statement, Manchester City were the first club to officially u-turn, saying they had “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”

The five other English clubs all subsequently confirmed their withdrawal.

“We have now had time to consider the matter fully and have decided that our continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the Club, our supporters or the wider football community,” Chelsea said.

“We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept,” Arsenal said.

John Henry, the American billionaire who owns Liverpool, apologised to fans, staff and players in a video message, stressing: “I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days.”

“It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of fans,” he said. “Over these 48 hours, you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.”

“I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership, and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward,” he added.

Liverpool had been publicly urged to desert the Super League by its players who shared a tweet first posted by captain Jordan Henderson.

“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen,” Henderson said. “This is our collective position.”

Fans enthusiastically welcomed the announcements by English clubs, as did British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“This is the right result for football fans, clubs, and communities across the country,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “We must continue to protect our cherished national game.”

The Premier League had threatened to sanction the six rebel clubs and PM Johnson considered introducing laws to stop them forming a new European competition.

The other 14 English top-flight clubs met on Tuesday to “unanimously and vigorously” reject the Super League plans.

What has UEFA said?

European football was rocked after some of the continent’s richest teams announced a few days ago they were forming a breakaway league.

The main controversy is that teams would not have to qualify to take part in the league, removing a key competitive element in some people’s eyes.

Both the European football governing body (UEFA) and the global body (FIFA) had warned of consequences including excluding players from other national, regional or global competitions.

“It is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake,” said Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA.

“They are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.”

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

In an overnight statement, the Super League had stood by its proposals, “convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change”.

“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”

But the latest withdrawals have the project with just three of its twelve original proponents.

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Today at the Olympics: Russia’s women triumph over U.S. after Biles exit

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Russian Olympic Committee's artistic gymnastics women's team, from right, Liliia Akhaimova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova celebrate.


Russian Olympic Committee’s artistic gymnastics women’s team, from right, Liliia Akhaimova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova celebrate.

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Russia’s gymnasts took gold in Tokyo on Tuesday in one of the biggest upsets of the Olympics so far.

Barred at the Olympics from using its name, flag, or anthem over a systemic doping scandal, the team hung their medals around each other’s necks to the music of Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

Although the Russian team’s triumph was attributed to the departure of U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles – who withdrew from the tournament, citing a ‘medical issue’ – they won by 3.5 points, a large margin.

Here are today’s results:

Women’s triathlon

The first gold medal of the day went to Flora Duffy of Bermuda who won the women’s triathlon.

It’s the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the small island of about 64,000 inhabitants and the first medal of any kind since 1976.

The 33-year-old Duffy had never finished higher than eighth in her previous three Olympic triathlons.

Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown won the silver medal and American Katie Zaferes won bronze.

Swimming

Great Britain pulled a one-two in the men’s 200m freestyle with Tom Dean capturing gold and teammate Duncan Scott taking silver.

Australia got its third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics when Kaylee McKeown swam to victory in the women’s 100m backstroke.

Athletes from Russia ended the US hegemony in the men’s 100m backstroke with Evgeny Rylov taking gold and Kliment Kolesnikov claiming silver. American Ryan Murphy settled for the bronze. It was the first backstroke defeat for the U.S. men at the Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games. They won 12 straight golds at the last six Olympics.

But Lydia Jacoby, 17, quickly rallied for Team USA by taking gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke event.

Shooting

China’s Pang Wei and Jiang Ranxin defeated the Russian Olympic Committee’s Artem Chernousov and Vitalina Batsarashkina to take gold in the 10m air pistol mixed team.

Ukrainians Oleh Omelchuk and Olena Kostevych beat Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec in the bronze medal match.

Surfing

Brazil’s Italo Ferreira became the first-ever surfer to win an Olympic gold medal after beating Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi in the men’s final.

Australia’s Owen Wright is going home with the bronze medal after defeating top-ranked Gabriel Medina from Brazil.

On the women’s side, Carissa Moore, 28, won gold for Team USA

Moore is a child prodigy from Hawaii who grew up to be the youngest world champion surfer. She beat Bianca Buitendag of South Africa, who won silver. Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki took home bronze after handily winning her heat against American Caroline Marks.

Diving

China’s Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi have won the gold medal in the women’s 10m synchronised event.

Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell of the U.S. took silver while Gabriela Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza of Mexico earned bronze.

Women’s mountain biking

Swiss athletes dominated the tough course, the hardest yet of any Olympics with a vertical height difference of 150m, to claim every step of the podium.

Gold goes to Jolanda Neff, with silver and bronze going to Sina Frei and Linda Indergand respectively.

Women’s K1 canoeing

Germany’s Ricarda Funk takes home the gold medal. Fellow European Maialen Chourraut, from Spain, is the silver medalist. Australia’s Jess Fox, the event’s favourite, won the bronze.

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Chanel suit finds new fans in Gen Z channelling 90s nostalgia

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The Chanel suit, an outfit typically associated with ladies who lunch, has an unlikely new set of fans – Generation Z.

This month Olivia Rodrigo, the 18-year-old singer of hits including Driver’s Licence and Good 4 U, chose a pink and black vintage version for a visit to the White House to meet the US president, Joe Biden. Global fashion search platform Lyst said that following the appearance, searches for vintage Chanel rose by 200%.

Chanel suits have also been worn by Simone Biles on the cover of WSJ magazine, and by the cast in the Gossip Girl reboot. Jennie from the band Blackpink, meanwhile, wears the luxury label so much that she is sometimes called “Human Chanel” by fans.

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The reboot of Gossip Girl. Photograph: BBC/PA

Rodrigo’s choice was a nod to First Lady style – its most famous wearer being Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the 60s – but the 90s are the focus of this revival. The singer’s suit is from Chanel’s spring/summer 1995 collection.

The references being made by the suit’s new Gen Z fans are more likely to be a young Helena Christensen on the catwalk in a Chanel suit and bikini top, Hilary Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or Cher Horowitz from the 1995 film Clueless. Instagram account @chanel_archives is a popular source for Chanel catwalk images from this era, whose high-profile followers include Ariana Grande and Tavi Gevinson.

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90s inspiration: Cher and Dionne in 1995’s Clueless. Photograph: Alamy

Chanel is, of course, a luxury brand and therefore expensive. Vintage suits on sites like Farfetch have prices starting at about £2,000. Those without rock-star budgets get the look with Chanel-like pieces on Depop, the resale app that Rodrigo uses herself, for as little as £25.

Depop’s global curation lead, Viviana Attard, who studies trends for the company, pinpoints the style as part of the rise of preppy look. “[Rodrigo] visually expressed a vibe that’s been gaining more traction lately – we’ve seen an increase in interest in listings and searches for the typical preppy look, recently brought back into fashion with the Gossip Girl reboot.”

Lyst’s content editor, Morgane Le Caer, argues that the different associations of the Chanel suit – the fact that it can signal preppy, first ladies, the 90s and the 60s – is a concept that appeals. “Gen Z style is … about creating a very personal world – or mood – through the juxtaposition of visual elements,” she says.

Ryan McMahon, who runs @chanel_archives, says he particularly likes the “kitsch” collections that Karl Lagerfeld produced for Chanel between 1990 and 1997.

“I think we’re in a generation of nostalgia, and everyone seems to be obsessed with looking back in fashion and remembering a time when fashion wasn’t so serious. Chanel in the 90s is a perfect example of this,” he says.

“Hopefully from my account people are discovering ways to style the Chanel suit in a fun and fresh way that can be youthful, which a skirt suit isn’t always assumed to be.”

Both Le Caer and Attard argue that the sustainability factor of vintage is important – and Rodrigo represents her generation here too. “[She] is a huge secondhand and vintage fan and makes environmentally conscious decisions with her fashion choices,” says Attard. “It’s no surprise she chose to wear vintage for such a high-profile and momentous occasion like visiting the White House.”

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Brows beaten: 10 of the best brow gels

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Some people are blessed with naturally full, exquisitely shaped brows, the kind of luscious gift that keeps on giving – . If that’s you, come back next week. Everyone else, keep reading. Brows frame your face, but getting the right size, shape, colour and density demands skill. Too thin or thick, wrong shade or shape, and your face looks off kilter. Thankfully there is help. Professional threading is great for keeping brows tidy. If they are sparse, a brow tint will provide an illusion of fullness. Alas, it doesn’t last very long. For longevity, head to Daxita Vaghela, aka “The Lash Queen” who now also does microblading – the tattooing technique that adds hair strokes to your brow. It has a realistic finish and lasts up to 18 months. If you don’t fancy anything permanent (or have a low pain threshold) stick to products. Many swear by brow pencils, they are great for filling in gaps and creating sharp outlines, but for a natural finish, you need a steady hand and a light touch. An easier option for great volume and density is a brow gel. You simply brush the product on to your brows and you’re done. For a full but natural and glossy look, try the clear variation. For a bolder brow, try colour – the Anastasia Beverly Hills range is excellent. Brow gels are fail safe. Just don’t waste time trying to make them look identical. Remember, brows are siblings, not twins.

1. Hourglass Arch Brow Volumising Fibre Gel £27, spacenk.com

2. Benefit Gimme Brow + Volumising Eyebrow Gel £22.50, benefitcosmetics.com

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel £23, cultbeauty.co.uk

4. L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Long Wear Top Coat £10.99, boots.com

5. Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel £34, libertylondon.com

6. Too Faced Brow Wig £18, toofaced.co.uk

7. Charlotte Tilbury Brow Fix Sculpting Gel £19, charlottetilbury.com

8. BareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Brow Gel £18, bareminerals.co.uk

9. UOMA Beauty Brow Fro Volumising Brow Gel £23.50, beautybay.com

10. Kevyn Aucoin True Feather Brow Gel £22, lookfantastic.com

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