Boris Johnson has told Premier League chief executive Richard Masters he was prepared to drop a “legislative bomb” to stop the Super League in its tracks. The Prime minister spoke with Masters this morning over conference call and also discussed the crisis with fan groups, promising to do “whatever it takes” to end the project.
The Premier League’s ‘other 14’ clubs have met his morning and released a statement vowing to “consider all actions available” to stop the Super League, and “holding those shareholders involved to account”. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also spoke out during his press conference, saying: “Sport is not sport if losing doesn’t matter.”
Meanwhile Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, has said he and his organisation “strongly disapprove” of the new Super League and warned clubs involved in the breakaway plot that they cannot be “half in, half out”.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid could be expelled from the Champions League by the end of the week, according to a Uefa member, as the fallout from the announcement of the controversial European Super League continues. The trio are among the semi-finalists in Uefa’s flagship competition, and Danish FA head Jesper Moller said yesterday: ““The clubs must go, and I expect that to happen on Friday. Then we have to find out how to finish (this season’s) Champions League tournament.”
It would likely mean the same punishment for Manchester United and Arsenal, who also are part of the 12 clubs breaking away from Uefa and are currently in the Europa League semi-finals, due to face Roma and Villarreal. Uefa is threatening to ban players of clubs in the newly proposed Super League from playing in Euro 2020 as well as the World Cup and Champions League, as president Aleksander Ceferin hit out at those behind the breakaway competition in an explosive press conference, calling Manchester United executive Ed Woodward a “snake”.
Could growing pressure see the entire project collapse? Follow all the latest below as we will bring breaking news, reaction and analysis through the day on this seismic story for European football.