Prince William has become the latest figure to criticise the hugely controversial proposals of the European Super League.
Six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – are planning to break away from UEFA’s club competitions to set up their own midweek tournament.
Those six teams, along with three in Italy and three in Spain, will form the founding members of the hugely lucrative division, from which there is no threat of them being relegated.
Supporters’ groups from all of the Premier League clubs involved have written letters opposing the European Super League, each of which criticises their own club and make accusations of greed.
Prince William, who serves as president of the Football Association, says he “shares the concerns of fans” and urged relevant governing bodies to “protect” the integrity of the sport.
“Now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community – from the top level to the grassroots – and the values of competition and fairness at its core,” the Duke of Cambridge wrote on Twitter.
“I share the concerns of fans about the proposed Super League and the damage it risks causing to the game we love. W.”
There are major worries domestic football could suffer terribly if the European Super League goes ahead, while the Premier League and UEFA may choose to expel the clubs involved.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said he “doesn’t like the look of these proposals” and vowed to intervene to block the breakaway league.
He added: “We are going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn’t go ahead in the way that it’s currently being proposed.
“I don’t think that it’s good news for fans, I don’t think it’s good news for football in this country.”
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