The European Super League consisting of 12 of the biggest clubs in the continent was announced on Sunday and since then there has been massive turmoil in the European footballing scene.
The likes of FIFA and UEFA have come to strongly condemn this breakaway tournament and in the same voice, ex-footballers and pundits have also slammed this so-called money-hungry league.
While the two major governing bodies of football have been plotting their next plan of action, the Premier League authorities have held a meeting on Monday with their 14 non-ESL clubs and they too have made their stand pretty clear.
An official statement read: “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.
“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.
“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.
Leicester City Football Club has joined 13 of its Premier League colleagues in opposition to a European Super League and to reaffirm our commitment to the long-standing and successful structure of domestic football.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 20, 2021
“The Premier League would like to thank fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”
The rebel league includes Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur which traditionally make up the top-six sides.
The 14 remaining English clubs will obviously not be too happy with the European Super League especially since the big six clubs generate the most amount of revenue for the top division and their exit could seriously hamper the existence of the smaller clubs, especially after such a massive pandemic.
But Florentino Perez has made it clear that the new competition has been launched to replace the UEFA tournaments and not to jeopardize any domestic leagues. So, if this indeed is a noble cause then the remaining fourteen English clubs do not have much to worry about.
This though will be easier said than done since greed and finance looks to be the main motive behind the formation of the European Super League.