Man Utd owner hails new Super League

The new competition involving six English clubs has been denounced by European football's governing body


Manchester United's US director Joel Glazer waits for his team to take on Chelsea in their English Premier League football match on January 11, 2009 at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW YATES FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)

Joel Glazer, the Jewish co-owner of Manchester United, has said the proposed new European Super League for elite clubs would open a “new chapter” for football on the continent. 

United is one of six English clubs along with six others from Italy and Span to announce its participation in the new competition, which has been condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “very damaging” for football. 

Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have also signed up to the plan. 

In a statement on Sunday night, Mr Glazer, who is to be a vice-chairman of the ESL, said, “By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.” 

ESL games would be played mid-week, leaving clubs free to take part in domestic and other competitions. 

But Uefa, European football’s governing body, has warned that players who opt for the EFL could be banned from other domestic and international events and from representing their countries. 

Uefa is due to today to announce a revamp of its premier competition, the Champions League. 

But EFL clubs are reported to believe that the changes do not go far enough.

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