Gary Neville has furiously accused the owners of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ of being “imposters” with “no loyalty to this country” and warned that fans will disown their clubs if they help launch a European Super League. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City,Read More »
Former sports minister Tracey Crouch is to investigate the governance of the sport and how supporters can have more say in the running of their clubs.
In the wake of the Super League collapsing before it even got off the ground, football now has the chance to change more about the game. The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ came close to tearing the game apart and now action must be taken to ensure it cannot happen again. This was due to take place after the pandemic, but culture secretary Oliver Dowden has vowed it will now be brought forward.
Manchester United, Liverpool and the other Super League plotters are in danger of being stripped of their right to enter the revamped Champions League through the back door. Following the stunning collapse of the largely-reviled tournament, Uefa is under pressure to scrap plans that could see places in its own elite club competition awarded to the likes of United and Liverpool if they finish outside the top four of the Premier League. The new Champions League format ratified on Monday in a show of defiance against The Super League includes two spots reserved for the highest-ranked teams who fail to get into the competition on merit provided they qualify for one of its other tournaments. The new entry criteria will not come into effect until 2024-25 but, had it been in place last season, it would have seen Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur qualify despite finishing eighth and sixth, respectively, in the Premier League. The plan faced strong opposition even before this week’s furious backlash against The Super League and its plot to install 15 clubs as permanent members.