The ‘Punishment’ for Premier League 6 clubs involvement in Super League – Embarrassing
Six Premier League clubs were amongst the disgraced dozen who tried to steal the future of football.
Fifty two days ago, on Sunday 18 April, the likes of Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal released a joint statement with six other European clubs – three from Italy and three from Spain.
The 12 announcing that they were forming their own European Super League where none of the twelve would have to qualify each season, with a few more clubs to be recruited on similar lines, whilst a few token spaces would be made available for the rest of European football to fight over each season in a feeble attempt to paint this as something other than a complete theft of the game we all love.
The European Super League would automatically make the Champions League and other European competitions pretty much worthless, the same effectively the same with domestic competitions such as the Premier League, where competing to get into the Champions League each season is the modern day Holy Grail.
Needless to say, once the six Premier League clubs along with three of the six from the continent quickly realised the wrath from fans and others that had been released, they swiftly backtracked. All of them trying to pretend they’d had very little to do with the plan to steal football and indeed attempting to portray themselves almost as victims themselves. As though they had accidentally become part of the European Super League plan to steal the future of football, rather than the reality of having cynically joined up for purely selfish reasons, to increase their own revenues and power.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus the only three seemingly determined to somehow still try and force this European Super League through.
Newcastle United fans and those of the other clubs not involved, waited with interest to see what the response of the authorities to the shameful actions of the European Super League plotters would be.
Well, at least credit to UEFA for relatively quickly sorting out their ‘punishment’ for the nine clubs who said they were now very sorry and committed to UEFA and its competitions. – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, plus AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Although not so much credit when it came to the ‘punishment’ handed down…
The (UEFA) Champions League punishments – Announced May 2021:
The nine clubs have agreed to make a combined 15m euros (£13.4m) goodwill contribution to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe.
They will also have 5% of Uefa competition revenues withheld for one season, starting in 2023-24, and this money will be redistributed, including in the UK.
The nine clubs face fines of 100m euros (£86.9m per Premier League club) each if they seek to join an unauthorised competition in the future, and a fine of half that if they breach any other terms of the declaration, Uefa said in a statement in May 2021.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin when the punishments were announced in early May 2021:
“I said at the Uefa congress two weeks ago that it takes a strong organisation to admit making a mistake, especially in these days of trial by social media. These clubs have done just that.
“In accepting their commitments and willingness to repair the disruption they caused, Uefa wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit.
“These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football.
“The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called Super League and Uefa will deal with those clubs subsequently.”
The whole farce summed up by the fact that two of disgraced clubs were allowed to go on and contest the 2021 Champions League final, Chelsea beating Man City. That really taught them a lesson!
What about punishment from the Premier League though for the disgraced half dozen?
Hmmm, the likes of Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea were allowed to go on and finish top four of the Premier League and qualify for the 2021/22 Champions League. Once again, that really taught them a lesson!
Indeed, it has been so long and so silent, I thought that the Premier League wouldn’t hand out any ‘punishment’ whatsoever to the shameful half dozen.
However, a new exclusive from The Mail has broken the story of what is set to happen…
Prepare to be underwhelmed.
The Mail say that Premier League insiders have told them what has been going on behind the scenes, as the disgraced six fight to minimise their ‘punishment’ from the rest of the clubs.
The report says it has been a ‘fraught’ process and that the disgraced six have been pushing for a kind of similar laughable ‘punishment’ from the Premier League, as has been handed down by UEFA regarding Champions League involvement.
The Mail say that insiders told them that Wolves and West Ham have been the two clubs pushing most strongly for something more than a token laughably small amount of money to be paid by the shamed six.
The report says that at one point it appeared talks might not bring any agreement but that ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the Premier League (which kicks off with a formal meal in Harrogate tonight) it is thought agreement will be reached.
With…surprise, surprise, the ‘big disgraced six’ set to pay an embarrassingly small amount of money, with at least some of the cash set to go to good causes rather than rival clubs.
Quite unbelievable, they go for the football theft of the century (all time?) and their punishment is the equivalent of paying a parking ticket.
Who says crime doesn’t pay? Well it certainly doesn’t get punished in football seemingly , IF you are one of the established rich and powerful. Compare this to the way clubs in England and their fans have been punished, with points deductions, transfer embargoes and even thrown out of the league(s).
The Premier League six and their friends at clubs on the continent will simply bide their time and come back very soon with a similarly disgraceful initiative BUT this time ensuring it is dressed up more attractively on the surface and is watertight for those involved, though with the same end result as was originally intended with this European Super League plan. The same indeed as the plan in 2020 led by Liverpool and Man Utd where the big six would award have awarded themselves special voting powers meaning they could outvote the rest of the 14 PL clubs in any future important vote.
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