As punishments go, UEFA failed.
To hand out a measly £1.5m fine to those clubs who attempted a breakaway Super League is a laughable follow through on the strong rhetoric used at the height of the fallout.
These clubs – particularly the ones in England – are said to be worth at least £1bn each with revenues much higher than the majority of the clubs they tried to leave behind.
A £1.5m fine plus 5% of the revenue earned from one season in a UEFA competition – which amounts to no more than £5m – is laughable and even with the effects of the pandemic it won’t really hit the bank balance that hard.
UEFA, though, always looked a bit unsure – after all, the negative reaction to the Super League wasn’t because everyone is a fan of the current state of the Champions League, the governing body knows there’s an underlying issue that needs to be sorted.
It seems to many that while there was plenty of shouting by UEFA, to begin with, the clubs in reality have been merely been tickled.
The Premier League has a chance to really lead the way and show the world that what these clubs tried to do is unacceptable.
But then this is the Premier League and unfortunately, they seem to be following the path of UEFA with their big words but little punishments.
More astonishingly is the fact that the ‘big six’ are reportedly having influence over their OWN punishment.
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The Mail Online claimed that the six clubs had put forward their preference of punishment similar to the one-handed out to UEFA.
That in itself reaffirms the laughable nature of the UEFA punishment if the clubs being punished are demanding the same outcome again.
But more importantly, the fact the ‘big six’ had an influence on their own punishment dished out by the Premier League raises some very worrying questions that Newcastle United fans have been asking for the last 18 months – just how much control do these clubs really have?
Newcastle fans believe the ‘big six’ had influence over the Premier League when it came to the attempted Saudi-led takeover, something the top flight denies, but allowing those clubs to effectively pick their own punishment when it comes to the Super League will only feed that narrative.
When I think back to my childhood days I can’t ever recall my parents asking for my thoughts on the punishment I should receive had I stepped out of line. That sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
The Premier League should not be allowing those clubs to have any say in the outcome. Their proposals threatened to strip everything great about our beautiful game and showed a lack of respect to the other clubs and more importantly the fans.
The fact that the ‘big six’ are still trying to assert their influence over proceedings is a smack in the face to the other clubs and the fans they thought so little of.
The ‘big six’ will pay a collective fine of just £22m – which for clubs that brought in £850m this season in revenue really isn’t that much.
It equates to just £3.5m each.
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The Super League was a plan thought up by greedy clubs scared of competition, and was led by the belief of those clubs that they have so much power they could quite literally do as they pleased – the Premier League needs to show them who is in charge, and it should have started by closing the door on the discussions of punishment.
It ends with a tough punishment – but following confirmation of the signs by the Premier League, many people don’t believe that has been the case.
For Newcastle fans, they might soon see fans of other clubs asking the same questions of the Premier League and the ‘big six’ influence that they’ve been asking for many, many months.