The Premier League has introduced additional rules and
regulations, including a new owners’ charter, to stop future
attempts to join a breakaway Super League.
Six Premier League sides, including Manchester United and
Liverpool, announced late on April 18 they were joining a new
continental competition called the European Super League, only for
it to collapse amid intense pressure within 48 hours.
The Premier League has now put in place a new set of measures
to stop any future attempt of a breakaway division, which include
additional rules and regulations and a new owners’ charter that all
club owners will be required to sign up to committing them to the
core principles of the competition.
It is enlisting the support of the Government to bring in
“appropriate legislation” and will work alongside UEFA, the FA, EFL,
PFA and LMA to ensure breaches of these new rules and the
charter will be subject to significant sanctions.
“The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such
division and disruption,” a Premier League statement read.
“We are determined to establish the truth of what happened and
hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions. We
and The FA are pursuing these objectives quickly and
appropriately, consulting with fans and Government.”
The Premier League insisted events during the last two weeks had
“challenged the foundations and resolve of English football.”
Fan protests in the days that followed the Super League
announcement on top of widespread criticism from the footballing
world resulted in most of the 12 European clubs – including all six
Premier League sides – involved in the proposed breakaway pulling
A statement continued: “The Premier League, supported by The FA,
is taking the following actions to protect our game, our clubs and
their fans from further disruption and uncertainty.
“Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the
Premier League and open competition are protected, a new
Owners’ Charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to,
committing them to the core principles of the Premier League,
(while) breaches of these rules and the Charter will be subject to
“And we are enlisting the support of Government to bring in
appropriate legislation to protect football’s open pyramid,
principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football
We will work with the fan groups, Government, UEFA, the FA, EFL,
PFA and LMA to defend the integrity and future prospects of
Official FA inquiry into Super League formation underway
The FA has confirmed an official inquiry into the formation of the
Super League and the involvement of the six English clubs – which
also included Arsenal, Chelsea , Manchester City and Tottenham –
had started last week.
An FA spokesperson said: “Since we became aware of the
European Super League our priority and focus has been on
preventing it from happening, both now and in the future.
“Throughout this period, we have been in ongoing discussions with
the Government, the Premier League and UEFA.
“In particular, we have been discussing legislation with
Government that would allow us to prevent any similar threat in the
future so that we can protect the English football pyramid.
“Last week, we started an official inquiry into the formation of the
European Super League and the involvement of the six English
“We wrote to all of the clubs to formally request all relevant
information and evidence regarding their participation. Once we
have the required information, we will consider what appropriate
steps to take.”
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