The Premier League has condemned any proposed plans of some of the biggest European clubs to break away from their respective domestic divisions and form a so-called ‘Super League’.
Reports emerged on Sunday that Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur had all signed up to join clubs such as AC Milan, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in leaving England, Spain and Italy and coming together to play amongst themselves.
Teams such as Aston Villa, for example, will be watching on with interest as such a move would have serious ramifications for existing top flight clubs in England, Manchester City, Leicester City and Everton too.
It’s a proposal that has been put forward recently, but after UEFA had initially been confident that a new agreement was almost in place, talk that the European Super League is a goer has returned.
In a strongly worded statement, the Premier League has slammed such an idea and claims it would ‘undermine’ domestic football around the continent.
The statement in full reads…
“The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team might climb to the top and play the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
“The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.
“We will work with fans, the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.”
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UEFA themselves have equally hit out at the idea, and have insisted that clubs and their players will not be permitted to compete in any tournaments – the Champions League and the European Championships among them – should they leave their respective federations.
“We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way,” UEFA said in a statement.
“As previously announced by FIFA and the six Federations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or World level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.”