Manchester's MPs have written to Manchester United and Manchester City and urged them to reconsider their position in the European Super League.
Supporters of United and City have been left in dismay after both clubs revealed themselves to be among 12 who have decided to found 'The Super League,' throwing football into chaos in the process.
The proposed league would see Europe's self-entitled 'leading clubs' never face relegation from the competition in what is being labeled as a 'closed shop.'
Supporters, pundits and politicians have come out en masse to condemn the plans and Manchester's MPs are the latest to do so.
Jeff Smith, Graham Stringer, Lucy Powell, Mike Kane, Afzal Khan and Kate Green have co-signed a letter sent to Khaldoon Al Mubarak of City and Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer of United - to inform them of their constituents' discontent with the plans.
It reads: "Dear Mr Al Mubarak, Mr Avram Glazer and Mr Joel Glazer.
"We write as Manchester MPs to express our dismay at the involvement of Manchester City and Manchester United in the proposal for a European Super League.
"We all have constituents who have told us of their outrage at the suggestion of a self selected 'closed shop' of clubs who will no longer have to qualify for Europe’s elite competition alongside their peers.
"Competition by merit is at the heart of our sporting culture, and offers hope to clubs and their fans that they may one day compete at the top level whatever their current position. This is the kind of hope that sustained Manchester City, for example, while in the third tier of English football.
"To guarantee places to rich and powerful clubs regardless of their performance would deny that ambition to other clubs, and is against the principles of fair competition that have been part of our game throughout its history.
"In addition we fear that this may lead to an NFL franchise type system which would be complete anathema to sporting tradition in this country.
"Although there has been no consultation with the supporters of the clubs involved, it is clear to us that supporters are strongly opposed to this development, and we would implore you that the the clubs involved should not alienate the people who would be most affected by this proposal.
"We strongly urge you to reconsider the involvement of the Manchester clubs in this proposal."