Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the planned Super League as a “kind of cartel” and has vowed to “thwart the proposal before it goes much further”.
Six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have signed up to a new Super League which would see the establishment of a ‘closed league’, without the threat of relegation for the 12 founding members.
At a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said of the Super League: “Be in no doubt, we don’t support it. I think it’s not in the interests of fans and of football.
“How can it be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel that stops clubs from competing against each other and playing against each other properly without all the hope and excitement that it gives to fans up and down the country.
“But what we want to do first of all is back the FA and the Premier League, and hope we can thwart this proposal before it goes very much further.”
Earlier today the PM said “no action is off the table” and the government is “exploring every possibility” to try to block the new competition.
At the news briefing, he again refused to rule out “legislative action”, but did not elaborate on what that might be.
He said: “I think it [the Super League] offends against the basic principles of competition and if necessary in order to protect that principle of competition we will seek, as I said to those bodies earlier on, a legislative solution but we hope they can find a way forward themselves.
“Football was invented and codified in this country and it’s one of the great glories of this country’s cultural heritage.
“These clubs, these names originate from famous towns and cities in our country, and I don’t think it’s right that they should be somehow dislocated from their home towns and cities, and be taken and turned into international brands and commodities that just circulate the planet, propelled by the billions of banks without any reference to fans and those who’ve loved them all their lives.
“I don’t think it’s right that we should forget the basic principle of competition which is so important and gives so much excitement and joy to the sport.”