SALISBURY FC has said a European Super League "will discredit the integrity of the game", as well as saying fans will now change clubs for their football fix.

It comes after it was announced six English clubs have signed up to join a controversial breakaway league.

In total, 12 clubs have so far agreed to join as founding members of the tournament, with three more expected to also sign up, which will eventually feature 20 teams as an annual midweek competition set to rival the Champions League.

Whites manager Steve Claridge has also said that supporters have been "betrayed" by the announcement.

Steve Claridge

Steve Claridge

'This will not be good for football'

In a statement given to the Journal, Salisbury FC said it "does not believe that an elite European Super League is good for football".

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have put their names to the competition, to widespread condemnation from across the English game, from former players and from politicians.

The club added: "Domestic football relies on the competition and drive that the pyramid system creates.

"With a closed league at the very top, without any possible entry or departure, we feel it will potentially discredit the integrity of the game."

The club has also said that it has already had supporters of top-flight teams make known their intention to start looking towards their local non-league clubs for their football fix.

It said: "Supporters are assured a warm welcome to clubs that really need them. An afternoon at Salisbury FC’s Ray Mac comes at a fraction of the cost of a league game.

"The quality is still very good and the passionate and friendly nature of our supporters means you’re one of the football family soon after your first visit.

"You also know that anything you spend is put straight into your club and is reinvested."

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