UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly told Premier League executive Richard Masters that the government are willing to use legislation to stop the Super League from going ahead.
Daily Mail journalist Mike Keegan, who has been at the forefront of the reporting of the story, says Johnson made a promise to Masters during talks that were held today:
More on this: The government has told the PL it would prefer it to stop ESL via football regulations but (importantly) has added that it will do ‘whatever it takes’ – including possible competition law exemption & sports-specific legislation. Game on. More at @MailSport shortly. https://t.co/3L4EWrNtAI
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) April 20, 2021
West Ham and the other 13 top-flight teams have spoken out against the formation of the competition, which is set to include six English clubs: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Despite the proposed tournament being widely condemned, not one of the teams has decided to break ranks yet, with many believing the huge finances behind the plans will make them reluctant to back down.
Each of the 12 clubs in the Super League will be handed £310m upfront, with another £130m to be given out at the end of the first season.