UK Government Determined To Prevent Formation Of Europe Super League
The British Government is determined to take any legal action necessary to stop the formation of the new football super league, featuring six English Premier League clubs.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons that the Government would use “every tool at their disposal” to stop the proposed “rebel” league in its tracks and punish any English teams that plan to participate in it.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the English Football Association, Prince William, also voiced their opposition after finding out that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham are helping to form a new football league composed of the world’s wealthiest clubs.
“Be in no doubt, if they (the football authorities) can’t act, we will,” Dowden told the parliament in a passionate speech. “We will put everything on the table to prevent this from happening. We are examining every option from governance reform to competition law and mechanisms that allow football to take place. Put simply; we will be reviewing everything the government does to support these clubs to play (and) do whatever it takes to protect our national game.”
Fierce resistance to the proposal also came from former football legends and fans in England. Liverpool, a club famous for its pro-solidarity slogan “You’ll never walk alone,” saw its fan base protesting outside of Anfield with banners against the new competition. Meanwhile, various fan groups vowed to start removing their flags from the iconic Kop. Captain James Milner and coach Jürgen Klopp also spoke out against the proposal.
Manchester United legends Sir Alex Fergusson and Gary Neville blasted the idea as well, with Fergusson telling Reuters that “talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football.” Neville went a step further, claiming that the proposal is “criminal” and that the six clubs involved should be fined, relegated, and have their titles stripped away from them.”