Liverpool beat Chelsea 11–10 in a penalty shoot-out at Wembley Stadium to win the 2021–22 EFL Cup and claim a record ninth cup title.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
Brentford F.C. defeat Swansea City A.F.C. 2–0 in the 2021 EFL Championship play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, securing promotion to the 2021–22 Premier League after a 74-year absence from the top flight of English football.
In association football, Villarreal win their first Europa League title and first major trophy in the club's 98-year history, after defeating Manchester United on penalties in the final at the Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland, which ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time.
Following a massive negative backlash from UEFA, FIFA, national football associations and football fans alike, all six English Premier League clubs involved in the project – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – officially withdraw from The Super League, while FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta states that the club will not join the proposed competition without support from its registered members. Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward announces his resignation.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin states at a press conference that the UEFA would begin making "legal assessments" on the following day, and that the organization would look to ban the twelve Super League clubs "as soon as possible", while Jesper Møller, chairman of the Danish Football Association and UEFA Executive Committee member, says that he expected the three Super League clubs in the semi-finals of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid CF, to be expelled from the competition this week.
In a major move, six Premier League teams: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as several European clubs such as FC Barcelona and Juventus, agree to join The Super League, an annual club competition for the "elite teams" of Europe. UEFA and FIFA condemn the announcement, saying that they will not recognize the competition, and that players who take part in the competition will be banned from all other football competitions, including representing their national side at the FIFA World Cup.
David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent who was in charge of the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool F.C. and Nottingham Forest F.C. at Hillsborough Stadium, is cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence relating to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death during the match. The verdict sparks outrage from the families of victims.