Report: Liverpool's Henderson calls emergency meeting with EPL captains
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has organized a meeting with the 19 other Premier League skippers to discuss a potential response to the announcement of the controversial Super League, The Athletic's David Ornstein reports.
Earlier Tuesday, the 14 Premier League teams excluded from the Super League held a meeting to devise their own action plan.
"The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition," the teams said in a statement. "The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those shareholders involved to account under its rules."
Now, the players are mobilizing to have their say on a potentially career-changing proposal that presents a series of legal and moral obstacles. Henderson's teammate, James Milner, criticized the plans Monday and expressed hopes that the Super League doesn't happen. Bruno Fernandes, star midfielder of Liverpool rivals Manchester United, also appeared to speak out on Instagram, saying, "Dreams can't be bought."
United's Marcus Rashford tweeted a picture of the following quote from Sir Matt Busby on Tuesday: "Football is nothing without fans."
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin already threatened to ban players on the 12 clubs that set up the Super League from all international competition, including this summer's European Championships and UEFA-sanctioned World Cup qualifiers. UEFA's 55 member federations are expected to meet Tuesday to thrash out a plan.
Questions also remain over the legality of the Super League and whether players' contracts - which include bonuses for Champions League qualification - could be voided.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to introduce new legislation to block the formation of the Super League, and he reportedly met with six fan groups to explain his position. Johnson could deny work visas to players involved in Super League matches, according to The Athletic.
"The prime minister confirmed the government will not stand by while a small handful of owners create a closed shop," Johnson's office said in a statement.
"He was clear that no action is off the table and the government is exploring every possibility, including legislative options, to ensure these proposals are stopped."