The Premier League have come out in extreme opposition to the proposed European Super League proposals reported on Sunday.
The Times report that five of the so-called 'Big Six' clubs are primed to break away from UEFA's plans for a reformed Champions League and join a Super League that will also be joined by three major clubs from Italy and Spain.
Premier League statement on European Super League
In a statement on Sunday, the Premier League condemned the proposals in the strongest possible terms:
"The Premier League condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are at the heart of the domestic and European football pyramid.
"Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.
"The Premier League is proud to run a competitive and compelling football competition that has made it the most widely watched league in the world. Our success has enabled us to make an unrivalled financial contribution to the domestic football pyramid.
"A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.
"We will work with fans, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA, as well as other stakeholders, at home and abroad, to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football in the best interests of the game."