The 20 Premier League clubs have signed an anti-breakout owner’s charter after the code was proposed in response to the collapse of the European Super League, raising hopes the so-called Big Six will remain in check
- The code was originally proposed in response to the European Super League
- It is hoped the charter will keep the Premier League’s so-called Big Six under control
- The Charter will maintain the equal voting system, with 14 votes needed for the new rules
Premier League clubs have signed an anti-breakout owner’s charter.
All 20 accepted the code, which was originally proposed in response to now-defunct plans to form a European Super League.
It is hoped the charter will keep the big six – who wanted to guarantee themselves European football every year – by stating that sporting merit rather than a coefficient system will determine who qualifies.
Premier League clubs signed an anti-breakout charter after the ill-fated European Super League collapsed (above: Manchester United co-owners Avram and Joel Glazer)
It is also continuing the tie ballot system, where 14 out of 20 votes are needed to pass a new rule.
In 2020, it emerged that Big Six clubs were plotting to gain more voting rights for themselves under leaked plans for the Big Picture project, which were believed to be led by American-owned Manchester United and Liverpool.
The charter took a long time to draw up and has been put on hold until UEFA finalize plans for a new Champions League, which will come into play in 2024.
Liverpool (above: owner John W Henry) were also involved in the plans before they collapsed
Tottenham and Arsenal are among the teams with little choice but to sign the charter
Previous proposals had included spots based on past successes that would have violated the charter.
However, these were dropped, leaving the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal with little choice but to agree.
The charter commits to open competition in the elite and includes other anti-discriminatory measures.