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Football: North of England

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 184522, tabled on 20 April 2021

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.

Answered on

28 April 2021

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.