As part of a raft of new measures designed to block any future attempt to form a breakaway league, the Premier League, supported by The FA, have confirmed that all club owners will need to sign a new Owners’ Charter committing them to the core principles of the league.
In a statement released on Monday morning, the Premier League also committed to ‘additional rules and regulation’ and significant sanctions for those who breach them.
As well as working with UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to defend England’s football pyramid and the principle of progression through sporting merit, they’ve also enlisted the Government’s help to deliver appropriate legislation.
As seen at Old Trafford at the weekend, supporters continue to garner headlines with large-scale public protests.
The Premier League is promising to involve fans in discussions about the future of the game but warned that future protests should be carried out peacefully.
“Opposition to the proposed Super League united the whole of football, with the fans’ voice clearly heard,” says the statement.
“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.”
On the subject of fan involvement, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust released a statement last night confirming it had met with Spotify founder Daniel Ek and consortium partners Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
The 38-year-old Swede says he wants to buy the Gunners from the Kroenke family and reached out to the organisation to outline its plans for fan involvement.
“A constructive meeting was held and we were encouraged to hear their commitment to making the role of fans central to their proposals,” said the AST after Thierry Henry used Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football to reveal the talks.
“This is very welcome and we look forward to further dialogue.
“We will engage with anyone who has a serious proposal as it is important any current or future owner is aware of the importance of working with fans. We also continue to seek a constructive and meaningful dialogue with Stan and Josh Kroenke.
“Our message to all of them is simple: Football needs to change. Arsenal needs to change.”
You can read the full statement, here.