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European super league criticised by FA chief executive Martin Glenn who says it could not offer “Leicester phenomenon”


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Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has poured scorn on the prospect of the Premier League's biggest clubs breaking away to form a European Super League.

Directors from five Premier League clubs met in London this week to discuss the format of European competition with American sports executive Charlie Stilitano, sparking speculation a European super league was being considered.

Stilitano later told an American satellite station that a European super league was "on the agenda" with the continent's biggest clubs, who he said should be given automatic entry into the Champions League.

Read more: Will there be a European super league? Three experts discuss

But Glenn said such a prospect would kill competition and deprive clubs such as Leicester, who have mounted an against-the-odds title challenge this season, of deserved rewards for their achievements.

"Football has to keep evolving [but] we can't lose the principles of promotion and relegation," the FA chief told the BBC.

"Isn't it brilliant to see a team like Leicester upsetting the applecart? And that's only possible because the Premier League shares the riches quite evenly, in contrast to most other European countries where a few teams get the lion's share.

"It would be a real shame to miss that, a real shame to not have a Leicester phenomenon every year to bring in some variety and challenge."

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