Brighton chief urges Prem, FA to ‘take action’ against Big Six

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has urged the Premier League and Football Association to ‘take appropriate action’ against the Big Six for their involvement in the European Super League.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have now left the ESL.

They’ve all released statements, of varying quality and empathy, apologising to fans.

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Brighton held Chelsea to a goalless draw on Tuesday evening in the midst of fan protests.

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Barber believes those responsible for the plans should be held to account.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “It’s been a very difficult 72 hours and the FA and Premier League now need to review what’s happened, who was responsible, the damage it’s done to the game over the last 72 hours and take the appropriate action.

“I think there’s real disappointment and many of the people involved, people we count as colleagues, we have worked with for many years.

“I think this hasn’t just happened over 72 hours, it’s been weeks and months in planning and that feels very disappointing.

“There’s a lot of bridges that now need to be rebuilt and it needs to be the six clubs back to the 14.”

On Tuesday morning, the 14 other Premier League sides, including Brighton, held an emergency meeting to discuss the Big Six and the ESL.

They ‘unanimously and vigorously’ rejected the proposals, saying the Prem will work towards ‘protecting the best interests’ of our game.

Players also came together in response to the planned European competition.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson organised a meeting of all 20 top flight captains to discuss a shared response.

Alongside other Liverpool players, he said on social media: “We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen. This is our collective response.

“Our commitment to this football club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional.”

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the Big Six’s exit: “I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake.

“But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.

“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”

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