Spurs + five get a slapping from the Premier League
Tottenham, Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, have all been fined over their part in the European Super League.
The six clubs thought that they could go it alone, with some of their European neighbours and become the founders of a European Superleague for elites. Which would see (for them, and them alone) cash falling from the sky. But before you could say “abracadabra”, it all caved in for them. You then could smell the stink coming out of those clubs and travelling worldwide (outrage followed).
The English clubs were sort of lucky as they capitulated (well, when they saw the writing on the wall) and jumped ship (without even leaving their original ship).
Now the clubs, including Spurs, have been fined and have accepted their punishment; around £22 million, which will be distributed to the grassroots. Talk about being kicked by those they tried to hurt and walk away from. It has also been agreed that any future attempt to join another league will result in a £25m fine for the offending club. But that won’t be the end of it, as they will also receive a 30-point deduction in their Premier League standings.
Those offenders were happy that the money went to a good cause rather than the pockets of those Premier League clubs that weren’t good enough to get into the elite super league. The cash will go to grassroots football and fan/community initiatives.
Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family and Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group will pay the fine rather than their clubs, no word yet from the other clubs.
Fines in Europe
Nine of the European Super League clubs – the six English clubs, plus AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – were fined a similar amount by European governing body Uefa last month. They all agreed to pay 15m euros (£13.4m) between them and have 5% of their Uefa competition revenues held for one season, starting in 2023-24.
Further punishment for the European clubs
The other three clubs involved (Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus) face “appropriate action” under UEFA’s disciplinary process because they refused to renounce the breakaway league.
Football Supporters’ Association chair Malcolm Clarke has said that “Whatever punishment the Premier League’s in-house process decides upon, it cannot guarantee that clubs won’t try similar again in the decades ahead. The European Super League’s legacy should be a total restructure of the game – an independent regulator, genuine power to fans, and wealth redistribution.”
The adverse reaction to the ESL has sparked a massive debate about how football is run in this country. The government has already announced a fan-led review into football governance. The prospect of an independent regulator in English football is set for a parliamentary debate after a petition launched by several ex-footballers gained more than 100,000 signatures.
Even though the clubs have been stopped, for now, I am sure that if they want to try again then they will be better prepared and know where all the traps are.
Even though the collective (fans, football authorities, and the other clubs) have won this time around, football won’t stand still, and changes will happen in the future, as it has done in the past. New generations have new ideas about how they wish football to be run.
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