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MPs announce probe into European Super League plans

The Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee met this morning and later announced that it will hold a hearing to probe the impact of the breakaway tournament.

They will also examine what steps need to be taken to protect the future of football in the UK.

Committee chairman Julian Knight said: “The DCMS Committee has given its strong support for a hearing on these momentous developments in the football world.

“We are in discussion with key players and will want to hear from major stakeholders as the impact of the new European Super League proposals unfold.

“We will reflect the widely-expressed concerns of supporters which will be at the centre of our investigation. We welcome the Government’s fan-led review announced yesterday, finally given the impetus to go ahead by these seismic events.

“No-one will be off limits in our determination to establish what needs to be done to safeguard the preciously held enjoyment the sport gives to people and to protect its legacy for the future.”

The DCMS committee’s inquiry was announced just hours after the European Super League proposal was debated in the Lords, with a call for the clubs taking part to be hit with a “non-dodgeable” windfall tax equating to 100 per cent of their TV revenues.

The proposed new tournament put forward by Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, together with six leading Spanish and Italian clubs, has provoked widespread outrage.

Boris Johnson has told the football authorities he is prepared to legislate to prevent the formation of the closed league, which would not feature relegation or promotion.

Speaking in Parliament, Tory former pensions minister Baroness Altmann, a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, said: “This seems to revolve around money rather than football.


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