Fans burn a Liverpool replica shirt outside Elland Road, as a protest against Liverpool’s decision to be included amongst the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League, in Leeds, England, Monday, April 19, 2021. Reaction to the proposals from 12 clubs to rip up European soccer by forming a breakaway Super League has ranged from anger and condemnation to humor and sarcasm. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

The Premier League have released a statement roundly condemning the introduction of the European Super League after 14 of their clubs held a meeting to discuss their next steps.

Six clubs – ArsenalChelseaLiverpoolManchester CityManchester United and Tottenham – signed up to the new league on Sunday, resulting in fierce criticism from their own fans, supporters of other teams, some players, management and even government.

The clubs have opted to become founder members of the league along with Spanish trio BarcelonaReal Madrid and Atletico Madrid and Italian sides Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

They hope to play matches in midweeks alongside their domestic league commitments, but clubs ‘left behind’ in domestic leagues are angered by the prospect.

Several clubs – including EvertonBrighton and West Ham – released angry statements on Tuesday, and that was followed by the league putting out the joint message from them and the clubs.

It 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.

Leeds United players wear t-shirts with the logo ‘Football Is For The Fans’ as they warm-up ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Leeds United and Liverpool at the Elland Road stadium in Leeds, England, Monday, April 19, 2021. (Clive Brunskill/Pool via AP)

“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.

“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.”



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