The Premier League has said it “condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit” following reports that six of its clubs support a European Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City have signed the escape plan, according to reports.
“The Premier League condemns any proposal which attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the pyramid of national and European football,” the league said in a statement.
The developments took place on the eve of a new 36-team Champions League discussed by UEFA on Monday.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream of their team being able to climb to the top and play against the best,” the statement continued.
“We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy that dream.”
The statement added: “The Premier League is proud to host a competitive and compelling football competition which has made it the most watched league in the world.
“Our success has enabled us to make an unparalleled financial contribution to the national football pyramid.
“A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game and have a profoundly negative impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, as well as all those in football who rely on our funding and our solidarity to prosper.
“We will work with supporters, the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to uphold the integrity and future prospects of the English football in the best interests of the game. “