May 16, 2021

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Premier League introduces new rules to stop future Super League breakaway

The Premier League has introduced measures to prevent its clubs from threatening to separate again in response to failed European Super League plans.

A new set of measures put in place by the Premier League on Monday include additional rules and regulations and an owners charter that all club owners will have to subscribe to – committing them to upholding the fundamentals of the competition.

“The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such a division and such disruption,” a Premier League statement read.

“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. “

The Premier League insisted that the events of the past two weeks had “called into question the foundations and determination of English football”.

A statement continued: “The Premier League, backed 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 the protection of the principles of the Premier League and open competition, a new owners’ charter to which all club owners will be required to subscribe, committing them to respect the fundamental principles of the Premier League , (all) violations of these rules and the Charter will be punishable by significant penalties.

“And we are asking for government support to pass appropriate legislation to protect the football’s open pyramid, the principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.”

He also reiterated his desire to defeat any threat of a return of a separatist division.

A spokesperson for the governing body said: “Since learning about the European Super League, our priority and our goal has been to prevent it from happening, now and in the future.

“Throughout this period we have had continuous discussions with the government, the Premier League and UEFA.

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

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

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“We have written to all clubs to formally request all relevant information and evidence regarding their participation. Once we have the required information, we will consider the appropriate action to take. “