Premier League Clubs Face Future Penalties for Joining Unsanctioned Leagues

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  • Six Premier League clubs that joined failed Super League plans to pay £22 million in fines
  • English clubs face additional fines and a 30-point deduction if they join similar leagues in the future
  • UEFA may still punish holdouts Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus

Earlier this year, several of Europe’s top soccer clubs received no shortage of condemnation for their respective roles in the failed European Super League. The plan, which featured six teams from the English Premier League as well as top clubs from Spain and Italy, called for the creation of a new European competition that would ultimately threaten the viability of the UEFA Champions League.

However, the plans were scrapped within 48 hours after they were announced after fans, sponsors, and the media roundly protested the idea. On Wednesday, the Premier League announced that the six English clubs involved in the discussions have agreed to pay a substantial fine for their role.

Those six teams – Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea – will pay a total of £22 million in restitution as a part of a settlement with the English top flight. The league said that any team that joins a similar unsanctioned competition in the future may face a fine of up to £20 million with 30-point deductions from their point totals in the league table.

Had that punishment been enacted for either Spurs or Arsenal during the 2019-20 campaign, both would have been relegated to the Championship.

PL Comes Down Hard on Top Clubs

In a statement, the Premier League said,

“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 apologized 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 £22m which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football, and community programs.”

The statement went on,

“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.”

Barca, Real, and Juve Clinging to ESL Dreams

12 teams announced the creation of the Super League on April 18. The six English clubs, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, have since backed out. That leaves Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid as the only teams left in the failing tournament. The nine clubs that have already left the ESL have struck new deals with UEFA and committed themselves to the Champions League and Europa League. Those clubs are also urging the three holdout clubs to do away with the ESL idea for good.

The nine that have backed out have received separate financial punishments from UEFA, and they have agreed to donate a total of £15 million combined to charities around Europe. The three clubs clinging to ESL hopes will likely face additional sanctions from UEFA, while their respective domestic leagues may punish them further, as well.

In April, the three holdout clubs won a lawsuit in Spanish court that ruled that UEFA and FIFA, which are both based in Switzerland, have no jurisdiction to punish any of them. UEFA is appealing that ruling. UEFA previously threatened all of the ESL clubs with the potential for a permanent ban from UEFA-sanctioned competition, though it’s hard to imagine teams with the global prestige of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus would be kicked out forever.

Taylor Smith

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