The Premier League has announced additional rules and regulations around ownership in the league to stop future attempts to join a breakaway Super League.
The 'big six' Premier League sides, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, announced last month that they had agreed to join a European Super League, before its eventual collapse.
Fears around a possible Super League in the future have forced the Premier League into releasing a new set of measures, preventing a future attempt to breakaway from the league, that all club owners will be required to sign up to.
The league is also enlisting the support of the government to bring in legislation, alongside UEFA, the FA, English Football League (EFL), Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and the League Managers Association (LMA), meaning that any breaches of the rules will be subject to significant sanctions.
"The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such division and disruption," a Premier League statement read.
"We are determined to establish the truth of what happened and hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions. We and The FA are pursuing these objectives quickly and appropriately, consulting with fans and Government."
"The Premier League, supported by The FA, is taking the following actions to protect our game, our clubs and their fans from further disruption and uncertainty.
"Additional rules and regulation to ensure the principles of the Premier League and open competition are protected, a new Owners' Charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to, committing them to the core principles of the Premier League, (while) breaches of these rules and the Charter will be subject to significant sanctions.
"And we are enlisting the support of Government to bring in appropriate legislation to protect football's open pyramid, principles of sporting merit and the integrity of the football community.
"We will work with the fan groups, Government, UEFA, the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to defend the integrity and future prospects of English football."
Author: Jake Wilkin