English football's so-called 'big six' have confirmed their intention to pull out of the proposed European Super League.

Manchester City became the first team to quit the controversial project on Tuesday evening and were later followed by Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

The PA news agency understands Chelsea have also begun proceedings to withdraw from the breakaway competition.

It capped a remarkable evening of developments in the saga which also saw United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward resign.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said he regretted the "anxiety and upset" caused as he confirmed the club had "formally commenced procedures to withdraw from the group developing proposals for a European Super League (ESL)."

Levy said in a statement: "We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal.

"We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.

"We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.

"We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions."

Former Newcastle manager Sir Kenny Dalglish welcomed the news of Liverpool's withdrawal, saying on Twitter: "The fans have always been and will always be integral to Liverpool Football Club. In so many ways they are the club. I am relieved to know that the club has listened to them."

Arsenal also wrote an open letter to the supporters on the club's official website.

It read: "The last few days have shown us yet again the depth of feeling our supporters around the world have for this great club and the game we love.

"We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought.

"It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future.

"As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it."