Wednesday, June 9th 2021
English clubs have to pay
Super League revolt is getting expensive now
The idea of a closed European football super league has failed rapidly and with a loud roar, at least for the moment. The broken pieces are swept up. Now, first of all, six English clubs have to pay for their participation in the revolt.
The six English clubs that wanted to play in a football Super League have to pay dearly for their failed ambitions to leave the Premier League. The Premier League announced that the clubs will collectively pay the equivalent of around 25 million euros (22 million pounds) – disguised as a “gesture of goodwill”.
The money will “flow into the good of football,” wrote the league in a statement on its homepage. “The six clubs that helped propose the creation of a European Super League reaffirmed their actions today and reaffirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of English football.”
New fantasies would really hurt
Champions League winners Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have “wholeheartedly apologized to their fans, other clubs, the Premier League and the FA.”
To this end, the clubs have also agreed on higher fines and point deductions if clubs from England’s top division join a spin-off similar to the Super League in the future. Specifically: “Similar actions will lead to a 30-point deduction in the future, each of the six clubs would be fined an additional 25 million pounds in this case.”
The now punished Premier League representatives were among the twelve clubs that announced the establishment of an independent Super League in April. After violent protests from national leagues, associations and numerous fan groups, a few days after the announcement, nine clubs gradually turned away from the project, including all British clubs.
The size of the fines is comparable to those announced by the European Football Union UEFA a few weeks ago. However, contrary to the fines imposed by UEFA, the Premier League penalties will be a pure sum of money and not a percentage of next season’s broadcasting revenue – an option that had also been debated over the past few weeks.
The case is closed – for everyone
With the agreement, the matter for the league, the national association and the six clubs is off the table for the time being: “The Premier League and the FA have worked closely throughout the process and with this agreement both investigations into this matter are closed.”
This also applies to the three clubs that have not yet distanced themselves from the plans to found the new league: Because of their plans, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin do not have to fear any consequences from UEFA for the time being. As announced by UEFA, the proceedings against the clubs will be suspended.
The trio reacted indignantly to the initiation of disciplinary proceedings and rely on the backing of a court in Madrid. The commercial court wants to clarify before the European Court of Justice whether the world association FIFA and UEFA have monopoly positions that violate EU law. The three clubs also argue that the Super League should only have taken place if UEFA and / or FIFA had recognized the competition.