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European Super League: Boris Johnson equates a planned football competition with a “cartel” | UK News

Boris Johnson described the planned European Super League as a “kind of cartel”.

Speaking at a Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: ‘How can it be fair to have a situation where you are creating some sort of cartel that is preventing clubs from playing against each other, from playing properly against each other, with all the hope? and excitement that gives fans across the country?

“Football was invented in this country, these clubs, these names, come from famous cities in our country.

“I don’t think it’s fair that they are somehow dislocated from their hometown and hometown and turned into international brands and products without any reference to the fans who have loved them all their lives,” did he declare.

Mr Johnson said he believed the plans “offend the basic principles of competition,” adding: “Have no doubt that we do not support them.”

Repeating previous comments, he said the government would back the FA and the Premier League in the hopes of “thwarting this proposal before it goes much further”.

He again declined to rule out “legislative action,” but did not say what it might be.

Fans outside Stamford Bridge protest Chelsea's involvement in planned European Super League
Fans outside Stamford Bridge protest Chelsea’s involvement in planned European Super League

Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the 12 founding clubs of the breakaway competition.

It received a backlash, with players, pundits, Premier League clubs and politicians claiming the plans were driven solely by greed.

Fans gathered outside the stadiums of six English clubs with signs such as “RIP football” and “created by the poor, stolen by the rich”.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson Told Sky News on Tuesday that the league was “imagined by money men” and “must be stopped”.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister said “no action is disabled …

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This notice was published: 2021-04-20 16:21:00