Super League: 14 Premier League clubs ‘unanimously’ reject plans for competition

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April 20, 2021

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly-announced competition at a virtual meeting on Tuesday chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters.

European Super League – latest key developments

  • The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in ESL met on Tuesday, and later released a statement saying they ‘vigorously rejected plans’ and were considering ‘all actions available to prevent it’.
  • Everton released their own statement on Tuesday morning, slamming ‘preposterous arrogance’ of Big Six.
  • Pep Guardiola has called for more explanation from ESL chiefs: ‘I would love the president of this committee to explain to the whole world why they took the decision.’

The new plans for Champions League competition, which are set to come into effect in 2024, have been unveiled amid talk of a rival Super League.

  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says ESL is to ‘save football’.
  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino says football’s global governing body ‘strongly disapproves’ of plans. UEFA president Alexander Ceferin calls on ESL clubs to ‘come to their senses’.
  • Board member at Big Six PL club has warned that they will not ‘back down’ – but Sky Sports News understands splits emerging among breakaway sides.
  • Bayern Munich say they ‘reject a Super League,’ while PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says move ‘driven by self-interest’.
  • Madrid court says UEFA, FIFA must not impose sanctions on clubs, players taking part in ESL until it fully considers case.

Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, and two other Premier League sides are said to be involved in plans for a European Super League; Premier League and UEFA robustly condemn the proposals; a number of top Italian and Spanish clubs are believed to also be involved in the plans. 

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