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English football is starting to resemble a European super league

By Josh Noble and Samuel Agini

12 Feb 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

Lavish transfer spending by England's top soccer clubs confirms for many the unfair advantage enjoyed by the Premier League. Years of light-touch regulation are largely to blame, according to the FT.

Almost two years ago, a dozen elite football clubs proposed a breakaway European Super League. The objective was to establish one single league competition that would boast a large number of the world’s very best players — and could grab a significant part of the sport’s multibillion-dollar revenues.

The plan failed — victim of a furious revolt by fans and by many of the clubs left outside.

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