Premier League and FA announce action plan to prevent another European Super League saga including owners’ charter amid Manchester United protests
The Premier League and the FA have announced a new set of rules and regulations designed to prevent a repeat of the European Super League.
English football is still feeling the ramifications of the failed proposal which would’ve seen Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Man United and Tottenham join a breakaway division with six other European clubs.
All six top-flight sides pulled out of the plan 48 hours after it was announced, but that hasn’t stopped widespread protests about club ownership in recent weeks, most recently at Old Trafford as fans stormed the ground on Sunday.
In light of this, new rules have been introduced, including an owners’ charter, in order to protect English football’s ‘core principles’.
“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.”
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 significant sanctions.
“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 community.”
Meanwhile, the FA has revealed it wrote to each of the six clubs involved in the Super League as part of an official inquiry.
A spokesperson for the governing body 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.
Action plan features
- 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
- Breaches of these rules and the Charter will be subject to significant sanctions
- 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 community
“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 clubs.
“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.”
But both the FA and the Premier League were keen to condemn the criminal actions of some protesters at Old Trafford on Sunday, which resulted in a police officer suffering a serious injury.
“Fans have played a vital and impactful role in helping to stop the European Super League from happening, and we understand their frustrations,” the FA statement continued.
“However, we cannot condone the violent and criminal behaviour that took place before the scheduled Manchester United vs Liverpool match, which The FA is now investigating.”
The Premier League added: “We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with The FA and Government to identify solutions, but ask that all protests are peaceful.
“The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and The FA as well as by the Greater Manchester Police.”