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UK gov't vows to act against European Super League Updated: 2021-04-20 14:55:22 KST

The British government has vowed to block a new European Super League, including possibly penalizing the six of the richest English football teams that signed up to be founding members.
UK sports minister Oliver Dowden said on Monday that the football authorities have full backing of the government with their measures in preventing the new league from forming.

"But, Madam Deputy Speaker, be in no doubt, if they can't act, we will. We will put everything on the table to prevent this from happening. We are examining every option from governance reform to competition law and mechanisms that allow football to take place."

The European Super League is a proposed, new breakaway mid-week tournament that will allow the founding members to have a guaranteed spot in the competition every year.
This heavily goes against the traditions of European football with spots in continental competitions awarded to teams through domestic league positioning or by winning a trophy.
The Super League is backed by U.S. bank J.P. Morgan and would bring the clubs more revenue from TV deals.
But clubs are being accused of purely following the money and not representing what the fans want.

"And this is a thing that these big (clubs), these foreign owners, they don't understand. They have no connection to these clubs and they're making decisions with a club they don't own."

"If this new league goes ahead, what's going to happen with the Champions League, which means so much to all Liverpool supporters All this going into this new league, it's all for money and greed, and that's all I've got to say about it."

In the statement released on Sunday, the new league is to be formed "as soon as is practicable."
But European football authorities and the domestic leagues are considering sanctions against the players and the teams including outright exclusions.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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