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Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:22 pm

The proposed launch of the European Super League, with six Premier League teams breaking away to form it, is threatening the fabric and future of English football.

News broke on Sunday that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester United and Manchester City, had agreed to be part of a breakaway midweek competition that also included AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid. Unlike the Champions League, which teams have to qualify for, the ESL would include the same 15 teams every season, with another five qualifying annually.

On the field, the competitive nature and ability of our clubs to progress through the football pyramid will be reduced, while off the field, revenues will be in danger of collapsing which will have a knock-on effect for our communities, not just our clubs.

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Luton Town has swiftly come out in strong criticism of the move. Earlier this week, chief executive Gary Sweet condemned the plans, labelling them a "despicable violation" and also declared the six English clubs should be excluded by the Football Association for their bid to breakaway from the domestic game.

While Hatters manager Nathan Jones said: "Let's not forget, without fans football is nothing. The ironic thing is, the Super League clubs have probably come out with statements and said without fans, football is nothing and then they want to alienate fans, it just seems hypocritical. I’m not an expert on the matter, I have no idea and for me it is just a gut feeling."

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