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Government meets with football authorities to consider actions to stop European Super League

Government meets with football authorities to consider actions to stop European Super League

The UK Government and football authorities are considering actions to stop a new European Super League from progressing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden met with representatives from the FA, Premier League and fan groups on Tuesday to discuss possible actions against the proposed breakaway league.

Following the meeting, Mr Johnson said that 'no action is off the table and we are exploring every possibility to ensure these proposals are stopped'. Meanwhile, the 14 Premier League clubs which are not part of the new league have 'unanimously and vigorously' rejected the plans for its formation.

Among possible responses, the government is considering legislative actions and has not ruled out collaborative efforts with ministers in Spain and Italy to try and end the proposals.

The proposals for a European Super League could see the football pyramid changed forever and significantly harm the sustainability of the current funding structure in the sport. 

There has been almost unequivocal opposition from fans, football authorities and politicians to the proposals, while a number of current and former football players and managers have spoken out against the plans. 

UEFA, who are also in strong opposition to the plans, have also not ruled out legal action and have threatened to ban players in the involved clubs from all other competitions both domestically and internationally.

 

More on this story: The European Super League: what next for football? 

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