Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has called an emergency meeting of the Premier League captains to discuss the European Super League.
Henderson’s Liverpool are one of six Premier League clubs that have signed up for the competition. The 30-year-old will lead the players’ response to the idea. Liverpool, on Sunday, were named as one of 12 European clubs who have signed up to the Super League, which has been met with rebuke from almost every angle.
The Daily Mail reports the “summit will be significant as it will include representatives from clubs who are part of the breakaway plans and those who are not”.
England international Henderson led the players response to the NHS crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. He is well respected inside the game after becoming an ambassador for NHS Charities Together, an organisation which supports staff, volunteers and patients within the NHS and raises funds for more than 240 related charities.
The meeting is expected to explore what the news could mean for players of clubs involved and not involved.
Meanwhile, the plans for a breakaway Super League involving England’s so-called ‘Big Six’ clubs have been “unanimously and vigorously” rejected by the other 14 members of the top flight.
Those clubs met on Tuesday for an emergency meeting after plans for the hugely controversial competition were confirmed late on Sunday night.
They have been widely condemned by the football authorities in England, plus UEFA and FIFA, as well as by the British Government, and appear to be deeply unpopular with supporters.
Premier League statement
A statement released by the Premier League after its meeting read: “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.
“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.
“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.
“The Premier League would like to thank fans and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”