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Tuesday evening UK news briefing: PM opposes 'cartel' created by European Super League

Chris Price
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Your evening briefing from The Telegraph
Your evening briefing from The Telegraph

Boris Johnson said the European Super League would "create a cartel that stops clubs competing against each other properly" adding the Government wants to help "thwart" the proposal.

The Prime Minister told the owners of the six English clubs looking to make the breakaway competition that he does not think it is right that the teams should be "dislocated from their hometowns" and "turned into international brands and commodities", warning at a meeting earlier that he is prepared to "drop a legislative bomb" to prevent it.

It comes as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola voiced his criticism, saying: "It is not a sport when success is guaranteed or it doesn't matter when you lose."

Arsenal fan groups followed Liverpool in demanding their banners and flags be removed from their home stadium.

The 20 Premier League captains are due to discuss issuing a joint statement in opposition to the breakaway league.

Yet the Telegraph has been told the European Super League clubs face being sued for billions of pounds if they pull out of the competition.

The question on every fan's lips is whether the competition can be stopped.

Tom Morgan explores the six most likely scenarios in the weeks ahead.

Sky pundit Gary Neville has become an unlikely people's champion for his articulation of what appears to be every football fan's views, with Oliver Brown saying Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been used as a human shield for Liverpool's cowardly owners.

Relive the 25 defining moments that would not have happened in a European Super League.

Meanwhile, Ross Clark says the competition has shown the hypocrisy of the football elite - but not in the way we expected.

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