Premier League sextet hit with European Super League fine

Date published: Wednesday 9th June 2021 12:44 - Will Ford

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The English clubs who agreed to join the breakaway European Super League will pay a combined £20million as part of a settlement with the Premier League.

That’s according to The Athletic, who also claim the six clubs have been told they will face individual £20m fines and a 30-point deduction should they attempt a similar coup in the future.

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham agreed to join the Super League in April but quickly withdrew from the breakaway competition amid widespread anger from the football community.

Those teams have now agreed a settlement with the Premier League, which is expected to be announced at some point on Wednesday.

The fine, which works out to be £3.33million each – the equivalent of Benni McCarthy to Blackburn in 2006 – is far lower than pundits, fans and football stakeholders were hoping for.

Robbie Savage claimed each of the six should be fined £100million, with the money split between clubs lower down in the football pyramid.

He said: “Eye-watering fines, which could be reinvested in our national game’s infrastructure, would ensure some good comes out of a turbulent episode.

“If they coughed up, say, £100 million each, that would be £600m towards saving the pyramid.

“And if you think £100m is too steep, let’s not make the mistake of delivering a slap on the wrist or pretending oligarchs, sheiks and multi-billionaire businessmen can’t afford it.

“That money would replenish areas of the game hardest-hit by the pandemic crisis, whether that’s 3G pitches at grass roots level or saving clubs on the brink of financial ruin. Parts of the game a Super League might have left to wither and die.

“Dozens of communities would benefit, and smaller clubs who face extinction because of the COVID shutdown could be reprieved.

“Clubs and leagues below the Premier League have rightly complained in the past that not enough of the game’s income filters down the pyramid. Here is an opportunity partly to redress the balance.”


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