Jordan Henderson in the 2018 World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia
Photo: CARL RECINE / REUTERS
Team captain Jordan Henderson from English football champions Liverpool FC has called an emergency meeting with his colleagues from the other Premier League clubs.
This is reported by the English media.
Henderson is planning a joint response to the establishment of the European Super League (TSL), whose initiators also include the owners of Liverpool FC.
In addition to the Reds, Manchester United, Manchester City and the London clubs Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur are also members of the new super league from England.
According to information from the Daily Mail, the Manchester United players had a meeting with CEO Ed Woodward on Monday.
In it they are said to have expressed their displeasure at not having been informed directly by the club about the developments.
The other 14 Premier League clubs condemned the Big Six's Super League plans at an emergency meeting on Tuesday.
"The plans are unanimously and sharply rejected," announced the committee in the afternoon.
Representatives of the English FA had also attended the meeting.
"The Premier League is examining all available means to prevent progress," it said.
In close cooperation with fan groups, the government and the European Football Union (Uefa), the "interests of the game" must be protected.
The 14 clubs asked the six English Super League members to withdraw their commitment.
DFB President Keller calls for tough action
DFB President Fritz Keller is also calling for a tough crackdown on the members of the newly founded Super League.
"The clubs and their youth teams should be excluded from all competitions until they think again of their many supporters who made them into the biggest clubs in the world - and not just of their wallets," said the 64-year-old.
A closed Super League "is something for the super-rich and super-reckless".
Football is actually "open and there for everyone," said Keller.
The action of the breakaway clubs is therefore a disaster.
“How tricky and how dirty it was made, you have to show him the red card.
It destroys all the values that we know in football and it destroys normal, real sporting competition, «said Keller of ARD.
The German Football Association (DFB) had already opposed the new elite competition on Monday in a joint statement with the German Football League (DFL).
Spanish court prohibits sanctions
A Spanish court has meanwhile sided with the controversial soccer super league. The commercial court number 17 in Madrid had prohibited the international associations Fifa and Uefa as well as their affiliated organizations and leagues from any sanction or other measure against the twelve founding clubs, as reported by the Spanish media, citing judicial circles. The judgment was made at the request of the European Superleague Company SL responsible for the new competition, it said.
In the “precautionary judgment” by judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara, which has a suspensive effect until an agreement or a judgment by a higher instance is reached, sanctions against participating associations are expressly forbidden.
In addition, any measure is prohibited that "directly or indirectly prohibits, restricts, limits or in any way combines conditions with the operation of the Super League," the newspaper AS and other Spanish media quoted from the judgment.
The commercial court confirmed the judgment on request.
However, it is questionable to what extent Judge Ruiz de Lara can influence further proceedings with his remarkably quick judgment.
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