The Premier League has issued a joint statement with the FA about the six Premier League clubs involved in the failed attempt to form a European Super Leauge.
A few months ago, Liverpool, Spurs, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man City all publicly proclaimed their intent to join the Super League along with other elite European clubs. However, the fallout was swift and fans immediately started protest campaigns against the clubs.
In just days, all six clubs reversed their decisions and pulled out of the venture. Today, the EPL and FA have announced the ‘punishment’ those clubs will face for their actions. Here is the statement issued by the league and the FA:
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 apologised 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 £22million, which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football, and community programmes.
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.
The six wealthy English clubs will only have to contribute around £3.67m each which doesn’t even amount to a slap on the wrist. However, the agreement to establish a rule that similar actions would result in a 30-point deduction and a £25m fine likely dooms any future attempts at a super league.
In other Premier League news, The Independent is reporting that the league is no longer calling for Saudi Arabia to be on the piracy watchlist in its most recent report to the US Trade Representative (USTR).
The report was sent in January and is in stark contrast to the one from 2020 which called the Saudi Kingdom a ‘center for piracy’. Mike Ashley is reportedly encouraged by this recent development.
However, the US government still has concerns over Saudi piracy according to the most recent USTR report published in April. The Premier League’s television rights holder for the region, beIN Sports, continues to be banned in Saudi Arabia so there is still no legal way to watch the matches.
The Premier League never got to the issue of piracy in regards to the Newcastle takeover. The process was stalled early on when the league decided that there was no way to separate the Saudi Kingdom from the Public Investment Fund.
That decision led to the Saudi PIF pulling out of the deal last summer and remains the focus of Mike Ashley’s legal battle with the Premier League. His anti-competition claim is scheduled to be heard on Friday while his arbitration hearing over the Saudi Kingdom/PIF decision could begin next month.