'Significant sanctions' - Premier League announces measures to protect Leeds United and the English game

THE Premier League has announced a series of actions to protect the game, clubs and fans from further disruption and uncertainty after the threat of the European Super League creation.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:30 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:32 pm

The Premier League s so called 'Big Six' recently declared that they were to join a new midweek spin off Super League as part of a founding European dozen.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all announced that they were joining the new ESL but the news was met by widespread condemnation and protests amidst fury from fans.

The ESL subsequently collapsed within 48 hours of its formation but protests against the owners of the Big Six continue and Manchester United's Premier League clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday was postponed due to the levels of protest against the club's Glazer family owners.

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PROTECTION: For Leeds United and the English game from the Premier League. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

A large number of fans gathered at Old Trafford to demand a change in ownership and hundreds of supporters then got into the stadium and on to the pitch.

After clashes with police outside the ground, the fixture that was set to be a 4.30pm kick-off was eventually announced as being postponed.

The Premier League then released a statement condemning the acts of violence, criminal damage and trespassing - and further measures to protect the game were then announced on Monday afternoon.

A statement released by the Premier League on Monday read: "The events of the last two weeks have challenged the foundations and resolve of English football.

"The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game: an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity.

"These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in the future.

"Opposition to the proposed Super League united the whole of football, with the fans’ voice clearly heard.

"The Premier League recognises the strength of feeling and the right of fans to know what is happening.

"We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with The FA and Government to identify solutions, but ask that all protests are peaceful.

"The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and The FA as well as by the Greater Manchester Police.

"The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such division and disruption.

"We are determined to establish the truth of what happened and hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions.

"We and The FA are pursuing these objectives quickly and appropriately, consulting with fans and Government.

"In addition, the Premier League, supported by The FA, is taking the following actions to protect our game, our clubs and their fans from further disruption and uncertainty:

"Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected.

"A new Owners’ Charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to, committing them to the core principles of the Premier League.

"Breaches of these rules and the Charter will be subject to significant sanctions.

"We are enlisting the support of Government to bring in appropriate legislation to protect football’s open pyramid, principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.

"We will work with the fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to defend the integrity and future prospects of English Football."

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