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Boris Johnson slams Premier League clubs for creating ESL ‘cartel’


Boris Johnson called the ESL a cartel (Picture: BBC)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson took aim at the Premier League clubs involved in the creation of the European Super League (ESL) and branded the competition a ‘cartel’.

On Sunday night, the ‘Big Six’ clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – announced they would be forming a breakaway competition along with three Spanish clubs and three Italian sides.

The founding members of the ESL – none of whom can be relegated from the league – have drawn criticism from all quarters, including fans, politicians, pundits, managers and players.

Johnson has been involved with talks with the Premier League and the Football Association regarding the formation of the competition and sanctions that should be placed on the breakaway group.

He is willing to use legislative action, should it be required, but hopes the relevant bodies can come to an agreement themselves.

But he made it clear he is totally against the idea and said the ESL is like a ‘cartel’ that threatens competitive spirit.

Boris Johnson calls Super League proposal 'a cartel'

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‘On the football, all I would say is our first step is clearly to back the footballing authorities in this country and the steps they’re taking to counteract this initiative,’ Johnson said at a press conference at Downing Street.

‘Be in no doubt that we don’t support the creation of this European Super League.

‘It is not in the interests of fans, 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 fans up and down the country?

‘I think it offends against the basic principles of competition and if necessary in order to protect that principle of competition we will seek, as I said to those bodies earlier on, a legislative solution but we hope they can find a way forwards themselves.’

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