European Super League: Minister hints at competition law changes after breakaway furore


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ompetition law is set to be changed to protect football as a national treasure, a Cabinet minister signalled today.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden bluntly told football club owners that they are just “temporary custodians” of the national game.

Mr Dowden told BBC Breakfast: “Football owners need to understand they are just temporary custodians of this piece of our national life and heritage that goes back over a century.

“And I’m keen that we don’t just say that ‘this is all over with, forget about it’, that’s why I announced on Monday that we would have a fan-led review, led by Tracey Crouch, someone who I think commands respect from fans of all different clubs and indeed across the House of Commons.”

Pressed on how the Government would legislate to achieve this, he added: “I welcome foreign investment in the UK game..the English game…it’s ensured that we have a fantastic game up and down the country, pretty much every day we have world-class players playing.

“But I do think it’s important that as part of the fan-led review, we look at how we can empower fans.

“It’s interesting for me to look at what happened in Germany. German clubs did not participate because fans had a strong stake in it.



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