The Premier League has released a damning statement on the proposed European Super League following a special meeting of 14 clubs, with sanctions threatened against the six breakaway clubs.
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Six PL clubs Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all agreed to join the Super League with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus also signing up.
On Monday there was a two-and-a-half hour meeting of the 14 PL clubs who have not signed up to the Super League, as the likes of Everton and West Ham sent out strongly-worded statements against the new competition.
Following that meeting, the PL released a statement saying the clubs ‘unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans’ and ‘is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.’
Below is the statement in full, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also met with the league to lend his support and says the British government will get involved to stop the Super League happening, if needed.
Premier League statement
“The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal. 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.
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“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.
“The Premier League would like to thank fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”