Farhad Moshiri and Everton were completely unconcerned when the truth about the European Super League was revealed.
“I believe the Premier League should dock these clubs points.”
“Teams lose points for poaching a manager or a player, or for breaking FFP, but these are clubs assaulting the Premier League’s heart, and I believe they should be punished.”
When asked about the European Super League in April, Farhad Moshiri, the principal shareholder of Everton, did not hold back.
“Football teams are assets of the community; they belong to the fans and the communities.” This takes away a lot of the allure of football.
“It’s something that turns the game into a money game; it’s no longer football.”
Two months later, the Premier League was still not paying attention to Moshiri or Everton, who issued a stinging statement on the breakaway that was well praised across the world.
But, honestly, did anyone expect them to?
Everton’s latest manager hunt would examine candidates with no Premier League experience.
Nuno would pose a question to Ferguson.
Eddie Howe is putting forth a lot of effort to get the job.
Carlo Ancelotti’s assertion is made by Paul Merson.
The truth is that Liverpool’s estimated £3.6 million fine, along with those of five other rebels – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur – isn’t nearly enough.
When the six teams hung up the phone with Premier League chief Richard Masters this week, they may have breathed a sigh of relief. £3.6 million! That is the combined monthly wage of a couple of high-earners. That is loose change to FSG or Roman Abramovich or the Glazers.
Has any serious lesson been learned in the absence of a point deduction?
Moshiri is absolutely correct. Football has evolved into a lucrative business. And the Premier League are terrified of stopping it.
Because despite including a clause that will hand the six a 30-point deduction – and £25m individual fine – should they attempt a future breakaway, the miniscule initial penalty proves the threat of losing their most profitable clubs is. The summary comes to a close.