Six English football clubs are among the 12 major European teams who signed up to a controversial breakaway European Super League on Sunday.
The Premier League and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson were quick to criticise clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, who are part of the group, along with top teams from Italy and Spain.
Details on how the league would be run have not yet been confirmed with rumours suggesting that a £4.6 billion competition would replace the Champions League.
European football’s governing body, UEFA, warned in a statement that players taking part in the Super League would be banned from all other competitions at domestic, European or world level and could be prevented from representing their national teams.
The government is “concerned this plan could create a closed shop at the very top of our national game,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in a statement, expressing fears that the plan could “destroy” the funding model that sees money from the lucrative Premier League trickle down to lower league clubs and community schemes. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)