The Premier League ‘Big Six’ are among nine of the original European Super League clubs to commit to UEFA and accept financial punishment.
The English clubs pulled out of the proposed breakaway league after a huge backlash from fans, the media and government. It was immediately evident that the league was not tenable and contrite club owners have been trying to save face ever since.
The clubs will now make a combined 15million euro (£13m) ‘goodwill’ contribution to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe. But they will also have five per cent of revenues from UEFA competition withheld for one season.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “I said at the UEFA Congress two weeks ago that it takes a strong organisation to admit making a mistake especially in these days of trial by social media. These clubs have done just that.
“In accepting their commitments and willingness to repair the disruption they caused, UEFA wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit.
“The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA. They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have yet to officially pull out of the ESL. And UEFA pulled no punches in stating what fate awaits the trio.
“UEFA has reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League’,” a statement concluded.
“The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies.”
FA glad that Big Six see sense but action pending
Reports claim that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, and not the club, will fund their contribution. And a spokesperson for Manchester United confirmed the Glazer family would personally cover their club’s share of the goodwill money.
The Football Association has had its say and is currently keeping its powder dry.
“The FA has an ongoing inquiry into the involved of the six English clubs. We have formally requested all relevant information and evidence regarding their participation,” a statement read.
“Once we have the required information, we will consider what appropriate steps to take.”