Big six to pay £20 million to English Premier League for European Super League breakthrough attempt
Plans for the controversial European Super League have been laid to rest for now. Six big clubs from the English Premier League happened to be the founding members. However, they will now have to pay £20 million to the English Premier League for settlement.
The European football community seems to be safe for now from the controversial European Super League breakthrough attempt. Of the 15 founding members, six of the big sides happened to be involved from England.
However, following severe backlash from fans and league associations across Europe, plans for the ESL were scrapped for now. Nonetheless, dismissing the idea does not seem to be the end for the EPL clubs involved.
According to a report by Reuters, the six English founding members (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur) will have to serve the EPL with a fine of £20 million each. Also, they would be charged with a 30-point deduction if they decide to join any similar tournaments in the future, with EPL expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.
The concept of ESL would have seen 20 top clubs from Europe, including the 15 founding members, play the tournament regularly, regardless of their league positioning and breaking away from the UEFA Champions League. The competition was the brainchild of Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, while Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus continue to remain its founding members.
Meanwhile, English clubs are unlikely to join any tournament outside the ones approved by EPL. Furthermore, with impending changes being mulled in the EPL's constitution, the members are also planning on putting in an economic impediment to block such moves in the future.
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