The remaining fourteen Premier League clubs have been left in ‘disbelief’ over the league’s £22m sanction to the ‘big six’ over their European Super League breakaway attempt.
English football was left rocked in April following the announcement of plans for a European Super League, with the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – joining leading clubs in Italy and Spain to form plans for an unsanctioned breakaway competition.
The news was met with furious backlash from rival clubs, fans and leading figures within the game, leading to a hasty withdrawal of the plans and subsequent apology from the English clubs involved.
Each of the six have since agreed to and received sanctions from UEFA over their involvement, though the subsequent fine imposed by the Premier League has been met with uproar from the rest of the division.
An absolute embarrassment! https://t.co/Q0IXJe8LVq
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 9, 2021
According to the Mail, the fourteen other clubs have been left ‘considering their position’ following a lenient fine imposed by the Premier League, each of the six made to pay just £3.66m to good causes in football as a ‘gesture of goodwill’.
The sanctions have been greeted with ‘disbelief’ from rival sides, though new measures have been introduced that will see clubs fined £25m and docked 30 points if new breakaway attempts are made.
The six clubs released a joint-statement confirming the sanctions, with rival clubs left angered, the likes of Wolves, West Ham and Everton amongst those reported to have pushed for more severe punishment.
The statement read: “The six clubs involved in proposals to form a European Super League have today acknowledged once again that their actions were a mistake, and have reconfirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of the English game.
“They have wholeheartedly apologised to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and The FA.
“As a gesture of goodwill, the clubs have collectively agreed to make a contribution of £22million, which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football and community programmes.
“Furthermore, the clubs have agreed to support rule changes so that any similar actions in the future would lead to a 30-point deduction.
“Each of the six clubs, in that event, would also be subject to an additional £25m fine.
“The Premier League and The FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement brings both investigations into the matter to a conclusion.”
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Author: Harry Diamond