Football

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 28th April 2021.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions in the last year he, or officials in his Department, have discussed the prospects of the formation of a European Super League with relevant stakeholders; and what the (a) parties to, (b) date and times of and (c) outcomes of those discussions were.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the English Football League and (b) the National League on the implications for football of the creation of a European Super League.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the creation of a European Super League on football clubs in the National League North division.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government has been vocal in its opposition to the European Super League, which would have been to the detriment of the whole football pyramid including the English Football League and the National League System.

Before the announcements on 19th April, the department had not had any discussions on these proposals. Once announced, the Government met with multiple football stakeholders, including the Football Association, to discuss the issue and what action was needed.

The Government was pleased to see the withdrawal of all English teams from the project - the right result for football fans, clubs and communities across the country.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced an independent fan-led review of football governance on 19 April. This will be chaired by the Honourable Member for Chatham and Aylesford.

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