Friday, June 21

European Super League: Boris Johnson to meet football officials over breakaway group

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Sports Betting Odds – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting officials from football governing bodies the FA and the Premier League, as well as fans’ representatives, later to discuss the proposed European Super League. Boris Johnson described the new league, which includes six leading English clubs, as “ludicrous”.

The 12 founding members of the league face a fierce backlash after unveiling proposals for a breakaway tournament. One insisted they were doing it to “save football”.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said the decision to create the new league, which his club would be a part of, was in part taken because “young people are no longer interested” in the game.

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He told a Spanish TV show: “Audiences are decreasing and rights are decreasing and something had to be done. We are all ruined. Television has to change so we can adapt.” The 14 Premier League clubs not participating in the new venture are also due to discuss their response later.

Writing in the Sun, the prime minister said he was “horrified” at the implications for clubs across the country. In a direct message to fans, he said: “It is your game – and you can rest assured that I’m going to do everything I can to give this ludicrous plan a straight red.”

Former England captain Alan Shearer told BBC Breakfast the six English clubs should be expelled from the Premier League, which they have said they aim to remain in while also playing in the European Super League. “It’s not right what they are doing, it’s not competitive, it’s a closed shop – you can’t have a competition where no one else is allowed in,” he said. “You can hear, feel and see the anger from almost everyone in football.”

How would the European Super League work?

Six English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have signed up to the league. They would join Spanish sides Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona and Italian clubs AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan.

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The competition would have 20 teams and another five sides would have to qualify each year for the competition. Matches would take place midweek and rival the existing Champions League.

There were protests outside grounds around the country on Monday, with fans of both Liverpool and Leeds gathered outside the Yorkshire club’s Elland Road stadium before their evening fixture.

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Leeds players wore T-shirts saying “Earn it” next to the Champions League logo and “Football is for the fans” and left the shirts in Liverpool’s dressing room in case they wanted to join the protest. A plane also flew overhead with a banner saying: “Say No To Super League.”

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