PRIME Minister Boris Johnson and Oliver Dowden are drafting potential measures to punish British football teams for signing up to the controversial new ‘European Super League’.
Fans were left reeling over the announcement from their teams that they would be joining the £6bn league, with thousands taking to Twitter to state that they would not only no longer support the ‘big six’, but openly calling for them to be relegated.
So far, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have announced that they have joined, with Uefa declaring it will use “all measures” possible to stop what it describes as a “cynical project”.
Taking to Twitter, Boris Johnson said the plans would be “very damaging for football” and that the UK government will support the sport’s authorities “in taking action”.
“The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps” he added.
Now, in a further move to support fans and protect the huge sums of cash ploughed into the British economy from the football industry, it is understood that Johnson is working with Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, Oliver Dowden, to draft emergency plans to punish teams for what some fans have described as a ‘betrayal’ of their lifelong backing.
“With many fans, we are concerned that this plan could create a closed shop at the very top of our national game,” said Dowden.
“Sustainability, integrity and fair competition are absolutely paramount and anything that undermines this is deeply troubling and damaging for football.
“We have a football pyramid where funds from the globally successful Premier League flow down the leagues and into local communities.
“I would be bitterly disappointed to see any action that destroys that.”
Meanwhile, as leaders in Spain and Italy are expected to soon issue condemnations of the move, French President Macron joined Boris Johnson, saying that the French government would support “all steps” to stifle the creation of the European Super League.