36 Gun­ners gun down break­away league

The Pak Banker - - MAR­KETS/SPORTS -

Arse­nal are op­posed to any split from the Pre­mier League af­ter Bri­tish me­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Eng­land's big five clubs had met to dis­cuss join­ing a pos­si­ble Euro­pean Su­per League.

"We are firmly op­posed to any kind of break­away," an Arse­nal spokesman said. "We en­tirely sup­port the cur­rent struc­ture, the Pre­mier League as it is and the Cham­pi­ons League as it is."

The Sun re­ported that Arse­nal, Manch­ester United, Chelsea, Manch­ester City and Liver­pool had held talks with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire Stephen Ross, owner of the Mi­ami Dolphins NFL fran­chise. Se­nior ex­ec­u­tives of the five English clubs were seen leav­ing a meet­ing at Lon­don's Dorch­ester Ho­tel on Tues­day, the news­pa­per said.

Ross and his Relevent Sports com­pany or­gan­ise the off- sea­son In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup (ICC) friendly tour­na­ment played in the United States, China and Aus­tralia which fea­tures lo­cal and top Euro­pean clubs.

Sources close to the talks said Tues­day's meet­ing was mainly about dis­cussing the ICC and ways of strength­en­ing Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions to com­ple­ment the Pre­mier League.

Europe's big­gest clubs, keen to se­cure au­to­matic en­try into the lu­cra­tive Cham­pi­ons League, have been work­ing with Euro­pean soc­cer's gov­ern­ing body UEFA to re­view the for­mat of the con­ti­nent's elite com­pe­ti­tion.

Manch­ester United, Liver­pool and Chelsea could all miss out on Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next sea­son with Le­ices­ter City and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur cur­rently fill­ing the top two slots in the Pre­mier League ahead of Arse­nal and Manch­ester City.

Teams cur­rently have to qual­ify for the com­pe­ti­tion by virtue of their do­mes­tic league po­si­tion in the pre­vi­ous sea­son, with the Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers also guar­an­teed a slot.

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