Football: European Super League - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:00 pm on 20th April 2021.

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Photo of Lord Austin of Dudley Lord Austin of Dudley Non-affiliated 1:00 pm, 20th April 2021

My Lords, clubs cannot hoover up £300 million a year and pay the world’s best players wages that nobody else can match so that they can dominate domestic competitions as well. Fans of other clubs, such as Leicester, West Ham and my club, Villa, could never dream of competing for domestic trophies ever again. It is a closed shop cartel, anti-competition, anti fair play, and anti the very ethos of sport. Of course the football authorities should take a tough line, but the Government should be looking at this as well. The noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, is entirely correct: given that this is just about money, would not the threat of a windfall tax make the clubs think again?