The Football Association says it has been in discussions with Westminster about potential legislation to prevent English clubs joining future breakaway leagues as the Premier League mulls further responses to the failed Super League.
Representatives from the six clubs who signed on to a proposed 20-team European league with 15 permanent members before withdrawing following an unprecedented backlash last month have been ordered to stand down from the roles they occupied on various Premier League steering and advisory committees.
However, supporters and the 14 “left-behind” clubs in the top flight await further action from the domestic game's governing bodies by way of sanctions as well as potential legislative initiatives from the Government.
The Premier League has committed to hold the rebel six clubs “accountable” while promising that measures will be put in place to ensure that “the principles of … open competition are respected” that would include “a new Owners' Charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to committing them to the core principles of the Premier League”.
A statement from the Premier League read: “The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such division and disruption. We are determined to establish the truth of what happened and hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions.
“We and The FA are pursuing these objectives quickly and appropriately, consulting with fans and government.”
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1 Posted 03/05/2021 at 18:25:46
Until we can see actual changes cast into legislation protecting the competitiveness and integrity of the Premier League absolutely nothing will have been achieved.
All stakeholders have to be on their most diligent guard against ‘codes of conduct and other expertly crafted PR ruses.
Some greedy clubs owners will be lobbying like fury to get something dressed up as reasonable but pathetically meaningless through. If they fail , then it will by means of legal threat.
This is no time for fudges, its time to draw a legal line in the sand once and for all.
The huge majority of fans of all clubs want to see competitive sport and a meritocracy, not cartel-like anticompetitiveness and protectionism that would be the death of football as we know it.
2 Posted 03/05/2021 at 22:03:46
3 Posted 04/05/2021 at 06:11:42
As a measure of their contrition perhaps those English clubs wishing to avoid being penalized might like to name all clubs spoken to and/or willing to participate. Or maybe UEFA might like to ask the Real Madrid President, who was to head this breakaway league, if he might like to advise with whom he has these "unbreakable" signed legal contracts and who else he expected to make up the numbers and then we all might understand the full extent of the duplicity.
4 Posted 04/05/2021 at 09:09:39
5 Posted 04/05/2021 at 10:11:34
6 Posted 04/05/2021 at 10:27:29
Lifetime bans wont work as both UEFA and the Premier league would allow these clubs back in as without them their finances would be depleted. I think the only way they may persuade these clubs to stay in the Premier league and UEFA is to allow them to opt out of any future TV deals and allow them to sell their games independently. Seems these clubs biggest gripe is its unfair that the TV money is spread evenly when they have the most watched games on TV. UEFA have already started to implement the new system were clubs who fail to qualify for the Champions league via their league position but who have a good history in Europe then 2 clubs will be given wildcards. Maybe these clubs will want the wildcard to be increased to 4 or 6 over time.
7 Posted 04/05/2021 at 11:00:10
The FA/PL/Government Review or legislation/EUFA could also be involved in any future action. Which could take time.
Well see soon enough I guess.
8 Posted 04/05/2021 at 11:58:26
Chris, do you think that, beyond a tribunal, this could drag on into the courts. If so, with possible appeals at each stage, this could take some time yet?
9 Posted 04/05/2021 at 12:51:00
I think the mechanism for changing the PL rules is already there and 14 clubs are needed to vote for it, which shouldnt be an issue. That could be done quite quickly.
The mechanism for a points deduction and fines is already there, and need 14 clubs to support it. They can also expel a club using the same process, but that and the punishments can use a tribunal, which may be sensible. That could be done less quickly, but shouldnt involve the courts, because it would be following the PL rules. But Im sure the lawyers will be eager to pursue it, given half a chance.
The FA also has a role to play, as the ‘regulator ‘ of football, and Im not sure what they will do, but if they endorse the PL decisions, it wont harm. But Im not confident about them, because of the layers of old farts in suits that might be involved. But well see.
Both these parties are currently undertaking an enquiry, and hopefully that wont take too long. That will inform the punishments. Ive read that there is real anger driving this, in both organisations, and among the 14 clubs, and maybe we shouldnt discount this.
The anger of the fans, as weve seen, is real too. Most of this is against the owners, and Man U, has other factors other than the ESL, driving their anger too. But if the anger is real among all the fans of these clubs, the talk of punishing the fans is maybe overplayed. They are possibly as likely to blame the owners for any penalties levied against their clubs, as they are he authorities. In any case, any club punishment, for anything, punishes the fans, by proxy.
You can only punish the clubs as entities, because its the clubs that have broken the rules. It may be the owners that have driven it, but it was through the clubs. And it was a serious attempt to hijack football, and any punishment should reflect that. Well see.
UEFA has a role to play, and Im not sure how that will play out.
The government has a role to play with legislation and a fan led review and independent regulator, and that will certainly take time. Arguably it should, and here is where the Hope lies for real change and better controls maybe. This is where the real punishment for the owners may reside.
So well see Brent, but we might see rule changes and Charters first, punishments second, unless they announce it as a package. I doubt that everybody will be satisfied by what emerges. It the 3 Bears, too harsh, not harsh enough, just right.
10 Posted 04/05/2021 at 12:52:54
A number of measure need to be put in place to make the option of any proposed Super League, or suchlike, seem like a huge, high risk, gamble for any clubs contemplating such a move. They need to feel they really have a lot to lose if they take the leap & fall flat on their faces. Otherwise, there really is no reason not to expect it all to happen again, but better organised & better presented. Then it may be too late to take meaningful action.
11 Posted 04/05/2021 at 12:57:23
Any other punitive punishment will be in the form of a fine.
As much as some of us would like to see a points deduction, the truth is the 6 have far too much pulling power on worldwide viewing figures from which the PL clubs as a whole depend.
Too much clamour for a lynching might end up with us shooting ourselves in the foot, as would the implementation of a 50+1 rule – it would set EFC back years.
12 Posted 04/05/2021 at 14:06:57
Just don't get this argument at all. It's almost as money grabbing as they've been by trying to steal the whole game.
20-point deductions for each of next 2 years, and transfer bans, will still give them a fighting chance. In theory, it could even make the whole thing more exciting knowing Man City could still win it, and Arsenal and Spurs could be fighting for lives.
Fans from all over the world will still watch it. Indeed, some of them may actually pick Leicester City, West Ham Utd, or Everton as their new favourites. and that will then be punishment.
Whilst we're contemplating pacifist policies, so will the powers that be. If they choose money over justice, they should be next in line for the anger and backlash we saw.
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