Johnson's all in on blocking new European Super League

Top News | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Apr 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns "no action is off the table" - including new legislation - to stop the European Super League after meeting with football chiefs and fan groups.

His comments came as FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned the breakaway competition could face "consequences" - with the backlash building against the deeply divisive plans.

Twelve powerful clubs - six from England and three each from Spain and Italy - have signed up for the Super League, which offers guaranteed spots for its founding members and billions of dollars in payments.

The English clubs, the Premier League's so-called "big six," are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

At a meeting with the English Football Association and the Premier League, Johnson voiced his "unwavering support" for the efforts of football chiefs to prevent the formation of a breakaway competition.

"The prime minister confirmed the government will not stand by while a small handful of owners create a closed shop," Downing Street said.

"He was clear that no action is off the table and the government is exploring every possibility, including legislative options, to ensure these proposals are stopped."

An emergency Premier League meeting involving the 14 clubs not involved in the Super League plans was set to take place.

Liverpool's city rivals Everton accused the breakaway clubs of "preposterous arrogance."

The club added: "Six clubs acting entirely in their own interest. Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game.

"Six clubs choosing to disrespect every other club with whom they sit around the Premier League table."

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