UK Ministers promise to block European football super league

Nine of the 12 founder members of the short-lived European Super League rejoined the European Club Association (ECA) on Monday (16 August), but Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain outside as they continue to back the breakaway plan which collapsed in April. [Shutterstock/Nook Thitipat]

UK ministers have promised to do “whatever it takes” to block the planned breakaway 12-club European Super League, which includes six English football teams.

“We will put everything on the table to prevent this from happening,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told MPs on Monday. “We are examining every option from governance reform to competition law and mechanisms that allow football to take place,” he added.

Meanwhile, a survey by YouGov has found that 68% of football fans are strongly opposed to the creation of the super league, while only 14% support it. 

The government has also brought forward plans for a supporters-led review of football governance and finances that will also look at how to repair the economic damage done to clubs by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Benjamin Fox |


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