For the Fans: Saving the People's Game from the European Super League

The proposed launch of the European Super League, with six Premier League teams breaking away to form it, is threatening the fabric and future of English football.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:50 pm
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On the field, the competitive nature and ability of clubs to progress through the football pyramid will be reduced, while off the field, revenues will be in danger of collapsing which will have a knock-on effect for our communities, not just our clubs.

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The plans for a breakaway Super League involving England's so-called 'Big Six' clubs (Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham) have been "unanimously and vigorously" rejected by the other 14 members of the top flight.

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Those clubs met on Tuesday for an emergency meeting after plans for the hugely controversial competition were confirmed late on Sunday night.

They have been widely condemned by the football authorities in England, plus UEFA and FIFA, as well as by the British Government, and appear to be deeply unpopular with supporters.

A statement released by the Premier League after its meeting read: "The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition.

"The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules."

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said his organisation "strongly disapproves" of plans for a European Super League and has warned the breakaway clubs they will have to "live with the consequences of their choice".

Twelve clubs - including the Premier League's so-called 'big six' - are part of proposals which would fundamentally alter the shape of European football.

Infantino told the UEFA Congress on Tuesday morning: "We can only strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League, a Super League which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA and from FIFA.

"There is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some. They need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility."

He warned the breakaway clubs: "If some elect to go their own way then they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice.

"Concretely, this means either you're in or you're out. You cannot be half in or half out."