The most important questions surrounding the Super League’s settlement with the “Big Six”
The Premier League is reported to have struck a financial settlement with the six English clubs who were founding members of the short-lived Super League.
The PA news agency examines how we arrived at this point.
So, what happened?
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur will make a goodwill gesture payment of slightly over £22 million to grassroots and community initiatives as a result of their participation in the European Super League, which began on April 18 but swiftly collapsed. Following fan protests and objections from the Premier League, FIFA, UEFA, and even the British government, the English clubs withdrew.
However, the clubs weren’t threatening to leave the Premier League, were they?
Correct, but their participation in the Super League would have had a significant commercial impact on the league, making the race for European spots a non-event and slashing the value of the league’s television rights, which were already under pressure.
Why were the clubs merely fined instead of being deducted points?
The authorities have been wary of pursuing fines that would harm the supporters, whom they blame for a large portion of the Super League’s decline. Fans of teams such as Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday, on the other hand, may claim that the authorities have never been afraid to impose sports sanctions such as point deductions when their clubs have been penalised for reasons beyond the control of the average fan.
Who is going to foot the bill?
According to reports, Fenway Sports Group and the Glazer family would fund the charges owed by Liverpool and Manchester United, just as they did last month when they reached a deal with UEFA.
What happens if it happens again?
Clubs were reportedly advised that if any of them were involved in another breakaway attempt, they would face a £25 million punishment and a 30-point deduction.
Is this the final chapter in the Super League saga?
In a word, no. The Football Association’s inquiry is ongoing and it is working with the British Government to. (This is a brief piece.)