After quickly mobilizing to prevent rebel clubs from joining a breakaway European competition, the Premier League is taking steps to prevent the so-called “Big Six” from doing something similar in the future.
The biggest clubs in England have often used threats to join the Super League as a game of power in the past, but are now severely weakened after such an endeavor collapsed within 48 hours of its launch amid a flurry of fan outrage. , players, government and even royalty.
The Premier League is now working to further castrate these clubs with penalties and measures to stop them from playing the same coin again, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
The league is considering sanctions against club employees who planned to join the breakaway venture instead of punishing the teams themselves, the person said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private discussions within the Premier League.
Various degrees of public apology came from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham, though not Chelsea, after leaving the 12-team Super League project on Tuesday night in the face of growing public reaction.
But that won’t stop the Premier League from trying to remove club leaders from key committees like the one that evaluates the sale of TV rights – giving them access to valuable commercial information as they planned to create a new competition with Spanish and Italian. clubs away from the structure of the UEFA Champions League.
The review of the management of the Premier League will also examine measures to leave the clubs legally exposed if they oppose the team, trying to revive the Super League – with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still sticking to perspective.
Previously, the big clubs threatened the Super League in 2016 and used this to secure four automatic Champions League qualifiers for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year.
Agnelli also tried to turn the Champions League into a largely closed race in 2019 with up to 24 locked seats, before smaller clubs and European domestic leagues ranked the opposition.
Aneli was head of the European Club Association until Sunday night, when he resigned over plans for the Super League.
Two days earlier, he had promised UEFA President Alexander Cheferin that he and other elite clubs supported UEFA’s plans for a reformatted Champions League.
When their true intentions emerged, Premier League CEO Richard Masters brought together the other 14 clubs in the Premier League, the Football Association and the British government to repel the Big Six, who had spent years throwing their weight around the English game.
The Super League rebels continued to announce, although they were publicly warned after information leaked on Sunday afternoon that they would be prevented from playing in domestic competitions if they formed a European competition for which they do not have to qualify for each season.
The Premier League is looking to tighten regulations to make it easier to expel any club that tries to secede in the future – especially as Real Madrid and Barcelona have not given up on the idea.
Meanwhile, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga seem to look easier for their clubs.
The Italian Football Federation said on Wednesday that it would not punish Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan for their participation in the failed attempt to secede.
“You can’t punish an idea that doesn’t come to fruition,” said FIGC President Gabriele Gravina.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has hinted that Barcelona and Real Madrid will not face sanctions either, but said stricter rules are aimed at breaking hopes of secession.
“The most important thing is that these clubs are sanctioned by their own fans,” Tebas said in Madrid on Thursday.
“Instead of sanctions, we are looking at safeguards to prevent this from happening again. They have not abandoned LaLiga. They have abandoned the idea of European competition.”
The English clubs were the first to withdraw from the Super League project – with Chelsea and Manchester City retiring on Tuesday, followed by the other four. At the time, they publicly opposed Prince William, president of the Football Association, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who threatened to introduce laws to stop English clubs from joining the Super League.
However, the quick descent did not suppress the excitement of the fans.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to go and talk to a protest group of about 20 supporters, who gained access to the team’s training ground on Thursday morning, demanding that the owners of the Glaser family sell the club.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he has received a personal apology from the Kroenke family.
“It has taught us great lessons and shows the importance of football in the world,” Arteta said.
“And that shows that the soul of this sport belongs to the fans.”