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Government pledges to stop English clubs joining European Super League

Oliver Dowden announces review into sport governance in response to breakaway plan by six English clubs

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has pledged that the government will do “whatever it takes” to stop English football clubs joining a breakaway European Super League (ESL) and announced a wider review into the governance of the sport.

Addressing parliament following outrage at the plan by six English clubs to become permanent members of an elite, pan-European league, Dowden said various options would be considered, including using competition laws and changes to club ownership structures, but gave no specific details.

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