Premier League to take action to end threat from breakaway leagues
Following the threat of a separatist European Super League that threatened to be a member’s only ‘closed shop’ rather than a merit-based competition, the Premier League issued the following statement regarding the takeover. measures to end the threat of other such companies in the future. as well as the events of yesterday which led to the postponement of Liverpool’s game at Manchester United.
The events of the past two weeks have called into question the foundations and determination of English football. The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the fundamental principles of professional gaming: an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity. These measures aim to end the threat of separatist leagues in the future.
Opposition to the proposed Super League has united all of football, with fans’ voices clearly heard. The Premier League recognizes the strength of sentiment and the right of fans to know what is going on. We are committed to maintaining a close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with the FA and the government to identify solutions, but we call for all protests to be peaceful. The actions of a minority of people at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and FA as well as Greater Manchester Police.
The actions of some clubs cannot be allowed to create such divisions and disturbances. We are determined to get the truth about what happened and to hold these clubs accountable for their decisions and actions. We and the FA are pursuing these goals quickly and appropriately, consulting with supporters and the government.
In addition, the Premier League, supported by the FA, is taking the following steps to protect our game, our clubs and their fans from further disruption and uncertainty:
- Additional rules and regulations to ensure that the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected
- A new owners’ charter to which all club owners will have to subscribe, committing them to respect the fundamental principles of the Premier League.
- Violations of these rules and of the Charter will be punishable by significant penalties.
- We seek the support of the government to pass appropriate legislation to protect the open pyramid of football, the principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.
We will work with fan groups, government, UEFA, FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to uphold the integrity and future prospects of English football.