Prem ‘requests big six club chiefs step down from roles’ – or face being removed

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has reportedly contacted chiefs at big six clubs asking them to relinquish their roles on the working groups.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester City have all received criticism this week over proposals for a new European Super League.

Protests have been seen outside grounds of those involved with fans demanding owners leave their clubs.

Though Sky News report that Masters has asked Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham to step down voluntarily from their roles or face being removed against their will.

Buck is a member of the Premier League's audit and remuneration committee while Venkatesham sits on the Club Strategic Advisory Group (CSAG).

It is also claimed that the Premier League is seeking to remove Ed Woodward, who will leave Manchester United at the end of the year, and Liverpool chief Tom Werner from its Club Broadcast Advisory Group.

Manchester City bigwig Ferran Sorian has also been asked to step down from CSAG, add Sky News.

It’s reported the Premier League declined to comment with at least one of the club executives asked to step down reacting angrily.

The Premier League had come out against the European Super League, initially saying: “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition.

“The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.”

Since then, the six clubs have confirmed they are withdrawing from the proposals.

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