A EUROPEAN Super League (ESL) would go against everything English football stands for, says Karl Robinson.

The Oxford United head coach did not hold back in his criticism of the proposed 12-club breakaway competition, which would include Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Teams from Spain and Italy have also signed up for the ESL, with games planned to take place in midweek alongside participation in their respective national leagues.

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But the plot has sparked outrage across football and UEFA has threatened to ban the players and clubs involved from official competitions.

U's boss Robinson praised the tough response as he called for the plan to be stopped.

“It’s completely and utterly embarrassing. We have the greatest game in the world, the passion that we carry outweighs any other country," he said.

"This is about the game that we love and to take away the X-Factor is going to dampen the passion.

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"What does it mean as a fan of Liverpool if every away game is going to cost you £1,500 to £2,000? Is that fair?

"I’m asked if I ever want to work abroad in Qatar or America – no, because they don’t see the game the same as us.

"I think that FIFA and UEFA have been very aggressive in their comments and they have to stay strong.

"People have already diminished the third round of the FA Cup and it’ll be like that on a greater scale."

Spanish sides Athletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also signed up, as have AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus in Italy.

The ESL anticipate a further three clubs will join the breakaway, with 15 constant members and the other five qualifying each season.

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The American owners of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are key players in the idea and there are plans to launch the competition for the 2022/23 season.

The U's Indonesian investors are currently in talks over securing the majority stake in the club and Robinson feels they are in it for the right reasons.

He said: “They’re buying into it because they love English football.

"They love the dream, the hope and the optimism and we can all achieve something beyond our initial reach.

"We’ve been very fortunate with cup competitions over recent years to have that dream tie.

"I can’t see how it can be passed, because our governing bodies have so much control.

"I don’t think there’s much wrong with our game.”