European Super League has 'no regard for clubs like Burnley FC and football fans across the UK', says town's MP

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham has slammed the new European Super League proposals saying the game "must be protected".

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:34 pm
Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham has vehemently opposed the European Super League proposals

Speaking in the House of Commons last night, Mr Higginbotham put his objections on record accusing the six Premier League clubs involved of showing no regards for clubs like Burnley.

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“In forming these proposals, the six Premier League clubs involved have shown no regard for the impact on clubs such as Burnley, but also no regard for the fans who offer their unwavering loyalty season after season."

The new European Super League is a proposal which is seen by many as anti-competitive, locking out many clubs from the proposed competition, with the 15 founding clubs being guaranteed participation every year. Both UEFA, the Premier League and FIFA are threatening action if the league was to go ahead.

So far these proposals have faced condemnation from football’s governing bodies, English clubs, ex-players, managers and the Prime Minister, who has vowed that “no action is off the table and the Government is exploring every possibility, including legislative options, to ensure these proposals are stopped".

Mr Higginbotham joined the calls by asking “that the Government do everything possible to protect top-flight football in this country”, saying that it “provides so many economic benefits to

communities, including in Burnley and Padiham”.

He added: “This was a poorly thought out proposal from a small number of clubs who have no regard for the game and I was pleased to hear the government confirm no options are off the table.

"Football does not belong to the owners of those clubs and we must do whatever it takes to give fans a proper voice, and protect the game at every level, from grassroots to the elite.”

The Burnley Express is asking fans to take part in a survey - which can be found here - to give their views on the proposals.