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Sadiq Khan: ‘I felt betrayed – we need to make sure there is proper change in football’

London mayor, seeking re-election, says anger at the European Super League must be translated into meaningful action

“The irony is, the only time Boris Johnson has got involved in unregulated markets is football – a sport he doesn’t understand.” Two weeks out from an election, the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, still has time to talk football. But then he has a special interest in the unlamented European Super League, given that three of its founding members, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, are London clubs.

Plus of course Khan is an uncharacteristically authentic – among politicians – Liverpool fan, who talks passionately about the great teams of Ian Rush and Graeme Souness, and more recently Liverpool’s embrace of the Muslim players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. The terrace songs about going to the mosque, and about converting to Islam in return for a few more goals are in Khan’s opinion worth “a thousand speeches”.

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