Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur sent shock waves through football two week ago, when they, along with the likes of European clubs Barcelona and AC Milan, announced plans to form a 20-team breakaway competition in which 15 of Europe's 'elite sides' would qualify automatically due to their 'founder' status - thus taking the competitive, and indeed aspirational element out of football at the highest level.
Such was the outcry from fans and pundits alike, the competition folded within less than 48 hours as, one by one, the clubs announced their withdrawals.
The actions of the English clubs involved were widely condemned by the 14 other clubs in England's top tier, and the Premier League have moved to introduce an 'owner's charter' which will involve agreeing to 'core principles' with the threat of heavy sanctions awaiting any side attempting to another ESL-style breach.
The statement released by the Premier League also claimed they are “determined to establish the truth of what happened” two weeks ago and to “hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions.”
After protests against Manchester United's owners saw some individuals break into Old Trafford yesterday, the afternoon's fixture against Liverpool was cancelled. The Premier League referenced the events in their statement, and asked that any protests would be of a peaceful nature, and that “the actions of a minority” have “no justification”.