Premier League and UK Government to amend law to stop any future Super League

The British government will revoke work permits for any overseas player or manager working for a club involved with any future breakaway plans comparable to the so-called Super League.

The Home Office have backed plans from the FA to threaten the removal of the Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) – required for working permits for those from abroad.

The details are outlined by a report in The Times as the latest step to combat the threat of another breakaway proposal similar to the Super League, which involved six clubs from the Premier League.

The ‘big six’ clubs of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea were among the 12 founding members of the breakaway plans.

Manchester United's Glazer ownership were among those influential in the Super League proposals
Manchester United’s Glazer ownership were among those influential in the Super League proposals
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However, the English clubs pulled the plug on their involvement less than 48 hours later after a mass fan backlash and their withdrawals were followed by those from Inter, Milan and Atletico Madrid.

The initial plans – which are a direct threat to the Champions League, run by UEFA – are still backed by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, who are all awaiting the results of legal action on the issue.

The Premier League’s move against their six member clubs initially involved are primarily focused around preventing a future repeat.

Each club will pay a fine of £3.67 million into a £22 million “goodwill” payment, with a future attempt from any club seeing an individual fine of £25million alongside a 30-point deduction.

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The latest development is that those from abroad at any club involved who have been afforded the right to work in the UK by the Home Office, will have it revoked.

A letter from the Premier League to its clubs read: “In addition and in light of issues arising from the proposed European Super League, the FA has further reviewed some of the criteria for Governing Body Endorsements and the FA’s role in endorsing clubs as sponsors for overseas players requiring a visa to work in the UK.

“The FA has held discussions with the Home Office which has deemed it to be appropriate for the existing GBE criteria to be amended to clarify that players and/or staff who obtain GBEs may only participate in matches and competitions which take place under existing football regulatory structures, or with the consent of the FA.

“The FA therefore proposes that the GBE criteria for players and non-playing staff is amended to specify the category of matches the GBE covers, and where an individual participates in a match which does not fall within the categories specified, the matter may be referred to the Home Office which may seek to review the individual’s work permit, or the club’s status as a sponsor.

“The FA also intends to amend its existing endorsement letters to clubs to reflect this clarification of policy and highlight that the FA may choose to withdraw its endorsement of a club as sponsor in the event of any issues.”

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