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​Brighton chief executive relaxed over calls for European 'super league'

The threat of a European 'super league' has loomed over the continent for years but Brighton chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber is unconcerned.

In an interview with UFCB.ac.uk, he suggested that as long as spectators are happy with what they're watching on a regular basis – as seems to be the case – then fans of the Premier League shouldn't need to worry.

He said: "At the moment there doesn't seem to be an appetite from fans for that [a super league]. Football supporters across Europe like their own domestic league and they like the competition they're in. They like to travel to games week in, week out, and the concept of a European Super League would change all of that."

He added, "The global profile that comes with playing in the Premier League is invaluable to our club, but also for our commercial partners American Express and Nike. It's also great for the city because it helps the economy."

Barber finished: "So yes, of course it's a concern, but I think there's enough of an appetite from fans in Europe to maintain the league system as it currently is."

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