Report: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward met Boris Johnson days before ESL launch

Report: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward met Boris Johnson days before ESL launch

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson just a few days before the launch of the European Super League, revealed a report from The Independent.

The ‘big six’ clubs of the English Premier League; Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea decided to join the ill-fated breakaway league on 18th April.

This new tournament was developed without a competitive spirit in mind.

It gave these six clubs, along with the three clubs from Spain and Italy each, the guaranteed European football every year.

The announcement of this European Super League drew furious criticism from fans, pundits and players worldwide. 

As a result of the massive public outrage, English clubs were forced to withdraw their participation from the planned league within 48 hours.

But The Independent has now claimed that Mr Ed Woodward had a formal meeting with the No 10 chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield last Wednesday.

The topic of this meeting was “around Covid restrictions and the return of fans to the stadium” and there was “definitely no discussion of the Super League”.

Due to the absence of fans inside the stadium, the clubs are not able to collect the matchday revenue which forms a great share of their revenues.

The prime minister was not in the meeting with Ed Woodward but the sources “could not rule out that they may have met each other elsewhere in the building.”

The announcement of the European Super League was met with disapproval not only from fans but also from ministers.

Boris Johnson branded the league as a “cartel” and promised a ‘legislative bomb’ to stop the breakaway tournament.

Downing Street refused to say whether or not a breakfast meeting was held.

They also declined to comment if Ed Woodward discussed the proposal of the European Super League with them.

After these reports, the Labour party is demanding the authorities to publicly release the minutes of the meeting.

Jo Stevens, Shadow Secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, told The Independent: “‘Downing Street should release the minutes in order to clear up any confusion and avoid accusations of hypocrisy.’

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