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The survey suggests that nearly two-thirds of UK fans now support the European Premier League

The survey suggests that nearly two-thirds of UK fans now support the European Premier League

Nearly two-thirds of UK football fans support the creation of a European Super League, according to new research by the competition's promoters.

Sixty-five per cent of 835 UK fans polled by French firm Opinion Way were in favor or somewhat supportive of the new format introduced in December 2023, with support particularly high among Manchester city a duck Chelsea Supporters – 85 and 81 percent, respectively.

English football fans took to the streets to protest the creation of the original Premier League in April 2021, which collapsed within 72 hours of its launch.

Chelsea fans staged a protest outside Stamford Bridge as their club helped launch the original Premier League in 2021.

Chelsea fans staged a protest outside Stamford Bridge when their club helped launch the original Premier League in 2021 (Ian West/PA)

However, A22 says new research shows “significant support” for the new formats it introduced just before Christmas for the 64-team men's competition and the 32-team women's event.

Overall, the survey polled 6,458 fans aged 15 and over in eight countries – France, Germany, Spain, ItalyHolland, Belgium a duck Portugalas well as the United Kingdom.

Football fans were defined as “people who reported being somewhat or very interested in football.”

Across the group, 72 percent were in favor or somewhat supportive of the new formats. Support was highest among younger age groups, with 86 percent of the group of 956 people aged 15 to 24 supporting it.

The survey also looked at responses according to the clubs that 835 British fans said they supported; 509 fans said they were supporters of the 'Big Six' clubs, all of whom joined the original Premier League in 2021.

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Of the 75 City supporters surveyed, 85 per cent supported the new ESL proposal and 81 per cent of 63 Chelsea supporters were in favor of it.

The lowest level of support among the top six clubs was for Tottenham, with 55% of the 54 fans surveyed in favour.

Under the new-look Premier League, only 20 teams will be able to qualify for the third tier 'Blue League' via the domestic competition each season.

“We have evidence that the desire for the European Premier League as a more exciting alternative to the current European club football competition is stronger than ever,” said Bernd Reichart, CEO of A22.

Reichart said talks with clubs had “intensified” since the European Court of Justice's ruling last December, and that A22 had received “positive feedback” about its plans, giving it “great confidence that we are on the right track”.

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice found that UEFA's prior authorization rules, which prevented the formation of a Premier League in 2021, were inconsistent with EU law.

UEFA introduced new rules in 2022 in consultation with the European Commission. UEFA said it would fully review these rules in light of the European Court of Justice ruling.

UEFA is changing the format of the three main men's club competitions for next season, while the new format for the Women's Champions League begins in the 2025-26 season.