Boris Johnson has said plans by top football teams to create a breakaway European Super League would “create a kind of cartel”.
The Prime Minister threatened to find a legislative solution to block plans for 12 clubs – including the Premier League’s so-called “big six” – to join a controversial new competition.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, he said: “Be in no doubt that we don’t support it … the creation of this European Super League.
“I think it’s not in the interests of fans, it’s not in the interests of football, how can it be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel that stops clubs competing against each other, playing against each other properly, with all the hope and excitement that gives to the fans up and down the country?
“I think it offends against the basic principles of competition.”
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