MANCHESTER: England’s Football Association has launched a proper inquiry into the role performed by Premier League clubs in the try and create a breakaway European Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal signed as much as a brand new 12-staff Super League led by Real Madrid‘s president Florentino Perez.
But after 48 hours of intense protests and criticism, which continues to reverberate via English soccer, the Premier League clubs withdrew from the venture final week.
“Last week, we started an official inquiry into the formation of the European Super League and the involvement of the six English clubs,” an FA spokesperson stated on Monday.
“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. Clearly what happened was unacceptable and could have caused great harm to clubs at every level of English football,” the spokesperson added.
Manchester United followers on Sunday clashed with police and invaded the pitch earlier than their scheduled Premier League match in opposition to Liverpool which was postponed in consequence.
There have additionally been protests at Chelsea and Arsenal video games for the reason that Super League plan was introduced.
“The fans have played a vital and impactful role in helping to stop the European Super League from happening, and we understand their frustrations. 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 spokesperson stated.
“Throughout this period, we have been in ongoing discussions with the Government, the Premier League and UEFA. In particular, we have been discussing legislation with the Government that would allow us to prevent any similar threat in the future so that we can protect the English football pyramid.”
The Super League argued it could improve revenues to the highest clubs and permit them to distribute extra money to the remainder of the sport.
However, the game’s governing our bodies, different groups and fan organisations say it could improve the ability and wealth of the elite clubs and the closed construction of the league goes in opposition to European soccer’s lengthy-standing mannequin.
Unlike Europe’s elite Champions League competitors, the place groups need to qualify via their home leagues, the founding Super League groups would assure themselves a spot in the brand new competitors yearly.