EFL release statement slamming Super League plan, explain how it could effect Sheffield Wednesday and co
The EFL have this afternoon released a public statement slamming plans that look set to see six of England’s biggest clubs join a money-spinning rebel competition; The Super League.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are confirmed to join Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Internazionale, Juventus in splitting off from convention to form the competition, from which they would not be relegated or absconded regardless of performance.
Governing bodies and leagues across Europe, including the Premier League, have joined to release statements damning the move, threatening to remove clubs from domestic participation if the plan is followed through.
A statement released by the EFL this afternoon echoed these sentiments and pressed home the belief that reforms should be made to ensure the long-term safety of clubs such as their own.
EFL chairman Rick Parry was a central part to moves behind the controversial ‘Project Restart’ plans that would have handed more power to the Premier League’s biggest clubs in exchange for financial reform in the EFL.
Plans to ensure salary caps in League One and League Two have been shelved.
The EFL statement reads in full:
The EFL stands with the Premier League, The FA, PFA, LMA, the FSA and colleagues across European professional football in condemnation of proposals which attack the foundation of open and fair competition upon which our game is built.
A strong pyramid based on promotion, relegation and ultimately European qualification, is fundamental to our game’s continued success. The EFL opposes any reform that doesn’t support competition integrity or offer Clubs the prospect of one day competing at the highest end of the game.
Collective reform efforts should be focused on creating conditions that foster long-term sustainability at all levels of the domestic football and remove the current, almost impossible financial pressures created as a result in the huge difference of revenues allocated to the Premier League in comparison to the Championship and Leagues One and Two.
The EFL has long stated that the economics and governance of the English pyramid should be re-set and we remain committed to working with the Premier League, The FA and the game’s stakeholders to deliver that vision, so that English professional football can thrive in communities across the country for generations to come.
At its heart, football is a game for supporters and the widespread rejection of these proposals must be acknowledged. EFL Clubs are an integral part of the towns and cities from which they take their name and, in many, deliver the biggest single form of communal activity in their local area.
The EFL’s collective response to the pandemic in the face of significant challenges highlights just how vital they are to the life of the nation and anything that fundamentally weakens that system must be resisted.
Having pioneered the world’s original League format in 1888, it is ironic that proposals which would serve to destroy the value of sporting merit were announced on the weekend of the League’s 133rd anniversary.
Across EFL competitions, any club can triumph over another and fans of all Clubs regardless of size and status, must always be afforded the hope that successes on the pitch will be rewarded. The Championship is one of Europe’s most prominent divisions and the gateway to England’s top tier. The introduction of a predominantly closed European competition at the elite end kills a part of the game and the League system we established over a century ago.
Similarly, the rejection of these proposals, does not represent an endorsement for UEFA’s own proposed reforms, which themselves represent a significant challenge to English football’s domestic programme.
Under both proposals, the EFL has concerns about the future of the League Cup which provides vital income to EFL Clubs, is the breeding ground for stars of the future and provides the top and bottom of the English pyramid the opportunity to win the first major trophy of the season.
The EFL will continue to work with colleagues across the game at home and abroad, to defend our national game, protect our members and ensure that fans continue to have a healthy, vibrant and enduring pyramid system that they can continue to be proud of.