Labor has urged Downing Street to release details of a meeting with Manchester United’s executive vice president days ahead of the European Super League announcement.
It is understood that the Prime Minister was not at the meeting with Ed Woodward and that the controversial contest was not discussed.
Mr Woodward has spoken about the COVID restrictions and the “return of supporters to the stadiums” with No.10 chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, according to club sources cited by The Independent.
He reports that Mr Woodward was introduced to Boris Johnson after the meeting.
Shadow Labor Culture Secretary Jo Stevens said the minutes of Wednesday’s meeting should be released “to clear up any confusion and avoid accusations of hypocrisy.”
She added: “The Prime Minister and his ministers have very publicly and strongly condemned the European Super League. The public would therefore expect the same message to be delivered in private meetings.”
The league’s announcement sparked an uproar over the weekend when six Premier League clubs said they were joining some of Europe’s elite squads in the closed competition.
Boris Johnson was among the first to criticize the proposals and swore to do whatever he could to stop it.
The league has been heavily criticized as an exercise for winning and against the spirit of the game due to the lack of relegation and promotion. The backlash led the Premier League sides to quickly turn around and the project now looks almost dead.
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