Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham look set to avoid losing points over the Super League saga, but individuals could still pay the price.
It’s been a week like no other in European football after 12 clubs, after all of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs decided to become founding members of The Super League.
But just 48 hours after it was announced, The Super League was no more with all six English clubs pulling out and many other European clubs following, leaving only Barcelona and Real Madrid to fly the new competition’s flag.
The Premier League clubs pulled out after intense criticism from supporters and threats from everyone from UEFA to the Premier League and FIFA to the government.
And despite changing their minds, there are now calls for the teams to be punished, particularly in the Premier League, where league bosses are said to be weighing up how to discipline the six clubs involved; Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Many of the remaining 14 clubs’ executives have already called for points deductions, including Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, but it seems that won’t be the case.
Meanwhile, Brighton chief executive Paul Barber called for ‘appropriate action’ to be taken against the clubs involved yesterday, adding that it would be for the Premier League and FA to look at the situation.
“Okay, so we’re talking about punishments. Will there be points deductions? Will there be fines? Will there be a transfer window,” Sky Sports‘ Kavah Solhekol explained.
“What I’ve been hearing just in the last half hour or so is this is the process that’s being followed at the moment.
“The Premier League are trying to establish if any rules have been broken by these clubs because they signed a letter of intent to join a non-recognised league.
“The mood I’m being told amongst the 14 clubs is to punish individuals not punish the six clubs because the feeling is if you punish the six clubs with a point deduction or something like that, you’re actually punishing the fans and they’re blameless in this.
“The 14 clubs don’t want to punish the fans of these six breakaway clubs they want to punish the people responsible. The kind of people we are speaking about are the CEOs of these clubs.
“Certain executives from these six breakaway clubs are going to be banned from attending Premier League meetings. I’m being told how can we trust a word these CEOs say again?”
It has been reported Premier League chief Richard Masters has already personally contacted the executives involved to offer an ultimatum.
Bosses at five of the six Premier League clubs have reportedly been told they can step down voluntarily from roles on league sub-committees, or face being removed against their will by the Premier League.
That includes Vinai Venkatesham of Arsenal, who is on the Club Strategic Advisory Group panel, and Bruce Buck of Chelsea, who is currently a part of the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee.
Elsewhere, Ferran Soriano of Manchester City, also on the Club Strategic Advisory Group, has been reportedly asked to step down, and Liverpool’s Tom Werner has reportedly been asked to walk away from his role on the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward had already agreed to resign as of the end of this season.