The English Premier League has strongly condemned the proposal by Europe’s biggest clubs to form a European Super League that will threaten not only the future of the UEFA Champions League but could have a seismic impact on the entire structure of the club game.
Six English clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – will join the breakaway competition alongside three teams from each of Italy and Spain.
In a statement early on Sunday, the Premier League urged clubs “to walk away immediately before irreparable damage is done”. Below is the statement in full:
The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.
Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.
We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game.