A fan-led review of football will be launched as the Government vowed to "put everything on the table" to stop breakaway clubs forming a European super league.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was "appalled" by the news of proposals for a breakaway league, which he said took place without consultation with football authorities or fans.

He told MPs: "It was a tone-deaf proposal, but the owners of those clubs won’t have been able to ignore the universal roar of outrage from all parts of the football community over the last 24 hours.

"This move goes against the very spirit of the game."

Mr Dowden said the Government would not allow the "a small handful of owners [who] want to create a closed shop of elite clubs at the top of the game - a league based on wealth and brand recognition rather than merit.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced plans for a fan-led review into football
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced plans for a fan-led review into football

"We will not stand by and allow one of our great national institutions to be undermined - to watch football be cravenly stripped of the things that make millions across the country love it."

A fan-led review into football - promised in the 2019 Tory manifesto - will be led by ex-Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

Mr Dowden said the Government will "put everything on the table" to prevent this from happening, from governance reform, to competition law, to the mechanisms that allow football to take place, like work permits and policing arrangements and taxation.

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