May 18, 2021

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The Premier League strikes big six after announcing new rules to avoid ESL


The Premier League has taken steps to prevent the clubs from threatening to break away again in response to the failed European Super League plans.

Six top teams, inclusive Manchester United and Liverpool, announced on April 18 that they were joining the newly created ESL, only to collapse under intense pressure within 48 hours.

A new set of measures introduced by the Premier League on Monday contains additional rules and regulations and an ownership charter that all club owners must sign up for – committing them to the basic principles of competition.

“The actions of a few clubs can not be allowed to create such division and disruption,” reads a statement from the Premier League.

“We are determined to establish the truth about what happened and hold these clubs accountable for their decisions and actions. We and the FA pursue these goals quickly and appropriately in consultation with fans and the government. ”

The Premier League insisted that the events of the last two weeks had “challenged the foundations and decision of English football”.

Fan protests in the days following the ESL announcement, in addition to widespread criticism from the football world, resulted in most of the 12 European clubs – including all six Premier League sides – being involved in the proposed outbreak.

A statement continued: “The Premier League, supported by the FA, is taking the following actions to protect our games, our clubs and their fans from further disruption and uncertainty.

“Additional rules and regulations to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected, a new ownership charter that all club owners must sign up and commit to the primary principles of the Premier League, (while) violations of these rules and the charter subject to significant sanctions.

“And we seek government support to introduce appropriate legislation to protect the open pyramid of football, the principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.”

The Football Association unveiled an official inquiry into the formation of the ESL and the involvement of the six English clubs – which also included Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham – started last week.


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No European Super League replay

It also reiterated its desire to ensure that any withdrawal threat of a breakaway division was thwarted.

A spokesman for the governing body said: “Since we became aware of the European Super League, our priority and focus has been to prevent it from happening, both now and in the future.

“Throughout this period, we have been in ongoing discussions with the government, the Premier League and UEFA.

“In particular, we have discussed legislation with the government that allows us to prevent any similar threat in the future so that we can protect the English football pyramid.

“Last week we started an official investigation into the formation of the European Super League and the involvement of the six English clubs.

“We wrote to all the clubs to formally request all relevant information and evidence regarding their participation. Once we have the necessary information, we will consider what appropriate steps we need to take. ”

The fallout from the European Super League boiled over Sunday as Manchester United fans broke into Old Trafford to protest the Glazer family, with their plans to enter the competition a source of frustration over the Red Devils’ ownership.

It resulted in the postponement of United’s home game against Liverpool, while two police officers were injured.

“Fans have played an important and influential role in helping prevent the European Super League from happening, and we understand their frustrations,” the FA statement continued.

“However, we cannot tolerate the violent and criminal behavior that took place before the planned Manchester United vs Liverpool match that the FA is now investigating.”

The Premier League added: “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 call for all protests to be peaceful.

“The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and the FA as well as by Greater Manchester Police.”