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English FA ‘exploring all options’ to prevent European Super League repeat
- Updated: April 24, 2021
LONDON: Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham has warned “nothing is off the table” as the governing body seeks to prevent a repeat of the European Super League threat.
English football is set for a fan-led review, under the direction of former sports minister Tracey Crouch, following the fall-out from the widely criticised breakaway plans.
Twelve of Europe’s leading clubs – including the Premier League’s “big six” – announced late last Sunday (Apr 18) that they had signed up to compete in the Super League.
But the plans dramatically unravelled two days later as clubs withdrew following an outpouring of outrage from fans, governing bodies, players and politicians.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all swiftly confirmed they would not be moving ahead with the proposals, which would have seen founder members exempt from relegation.
Bullingham is determined there must be no repeat of the chain of events, which caused an uproar throughout the game.
“Our primary focus now is working to ensure that this can never happen again,” he said.
“We are exploring all options to prevent that, including legislation and changes to our rulebook, and nothing is off the table.”
Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool’s owners were not bad people despite making “a bad decision” over their involvement in the failed project.
The furore over the Super League has overshadowed UEFA’s decision to approve changes to the format of the Champions League from 2024.