June 12, 2021

Prem clubs who planned European Super League breakaway ‘agree to £20m fines’

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Premier League rebels Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are said to have agreed on future punishments over breakaway plans.

Players and supporters came out in force earlier this year against the intention to form a European Super League with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, forcing owners to scrap plans and apologise.

While the threat of potential punishment had been looming, it appears as though steps have been taking to prevent similar moves being made in future.

Sky News have reported that while the clubs have agreed to ‘pay a combined sum of just over £20m as part of a settlement’ potential fines of over £20m each and 30-point deductions have been detailed out to warn them off of future plans.

The club badges on the home shirts of the twelve European Super League teams; Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on April 24, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
European Super League rebels were slammed by players and fans alike
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Last month UEFA were said to have spent 10 days in conversation with the 12 clubs involved, with Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, United and City included.

However, only those who have not yet agreed to a lesser sanction, Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan, could face a European ban which would last for two campaigns.

Article 51 of their statutes, states that: “No combinations or alliances between… clubs affiliated, directly or indirectly, to different UEFA Member Associations may be formed without the permission of UEFA.”

Arsenal fans protest against the European Super League outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2021 in London, England.
Arsenal fans made their stance clear following the recent European Super League apology
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Fans outside of the stadium in protest of Chelsea signing up for the newly proposed European Super League ahead of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2021 in London, England.
Chelsea fans protested against the European Super League in their numbers
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The updates comes after City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak made a grovelling apology to his supporters, promising not to make the same mistake again.

He said: “I want to start by apologising to the fans. I owe it. I absolutely regret it.

“With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy right now. You can see it wasn’t easy to say yes.

Florentino Perez has said PSG were not invited to join the European Super League
Florentino Perez was the driving force behind the new European Super League
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“You can see that in terms of the timing; when we did commit tells you a lot in terms of how much we struggled with that decision. But I can also say that once we recognised it was a mistake, that’s it.

“We needed to go immediately. We heard the fans, we heard the football community speak and reacted on that.

“I’m not going to sit here and defend the reason why we did it. What I will do is, I will own it. I took a decision ultimately on this and I take full responsibility. It was a mistake.”

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