European Super League: Brighton chief Paul Barber wants to take ‘appropriate action’ against clubs

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Brighton chief Paul Barber highlights ‘real disappointment’ among Premier League clubs at the ‘Big Six’ for Super League plans and calls for ‘appropriate action’ to be taken now

  • Brighton chef Paul Barber awaits action against the ‘Big Six’
  • The doomed Super League project collapsed on Tuesday night
  • Arsenal and Liverpool have embarrassed their supporters
  • Barber says a ‘real disappointment’ has been felt in the rest of the competition

Brighton CEO Paul Barber has called on the Premier League to take appropriate action now against the ‘Big Six’ clubs trying to break out into the European Super League.

The doomed project collapsed on Tuesday night after Chelsea and Manchester City began the exodus, prompting players like Arsenal and Liverpool to offer humiliating apologies.

Now the 14 clubs in the Premier League that would have been badly affected by the plans are now waiting for football authorities to assess the situation and issue a call on what steps to take next.

Brighton chief Paul Barber now awaits football agencies to take action against the ‘Big Six’

Barber, whose Brighton team earned a valuable point against Chelsea on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, needs a full overhaul.

Barber told me BBC Radio Four’s Today’s schedule: “It has been a very difficult 72 hours and the FA and Premier League now need to review what happened, who was responsible, the damage it did to the game over the past 72 hours and take appropriate action.

‘I think there is a real disappointment and many of those involved, people we count as colleagues, have been working together for years.

On Tuesday evening, Barber's Brighton was warmed up with a t-shirt that spoke out against the proposals

On Tuesday evening, Barber’s Brighton was warmed up with a t-shirt that spoke out against the proposals

Outside the stadium, enraged Chelsea fans announced their anger at the Super League

Outside the stadium, enraged Chelsea fans announced their anger at the Super League

‘I think not only did this happen in 72 hours, it has been weeks and months in the planning and that feels very disappointing.

“There are a lot of bridges that need to be rebuilt now and it must be the six clubs going back to the 14,” he added.

The victims of the Super League project are already being felt, with people like Manchester United announcing that chief executive Ed Woodward will step down.

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