European club football’s governing body, UEFA, have this evening released a statement, confirming the approval of ‘reintegration measures’ for nine of the twelve breakaway Super League clubs.
The subject of the Super League of course proved football’s biggest talking point over the latter weeks of last month.
For those not aware of the situation, on the 18th of April, a dozen of the continent’s top clubs – including six from the Premier League – unveiled plans to break away from the current structures of the game, to form a ‘Super League’.
The initiative was built up as a Champions League alternative of sorts, which would have seen a total of 20 sides from across the continent vie it out for the title each season.
Almost as soon as the project was officially green lighted, though, it was brought to a grinding halt.
Remarkably, less than 48 hours after the competition’s plans were made public, the six English clubs involved – Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – pulled out.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs have all formally withdrawn from the European Super League.
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In turn, the weeks since the collapse of the ESL had inevitably seen speculation mount regarding the potential sanctions to be faced by the clubs involved.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin appeared to almost revel in the situation, leaving the ‘dirty dozen’ in waiting for weeks on end, as a wave of rumours spread surrounding the severity of the inevitable incoming punishments.
As outlined above, though, on Friday, an official announcement has finally been forthcoming on the part of European football’s governing body.
In a post across their social media platforms, UEFA confirmed that nine clubs – namely the aforementioned six from the Premier League, along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – are set to be ‘reintegrated’ into the appropriate competitions.
‘A formal confirmation of the commitments and the manner of the clubs’ reintegration and participation in UEFA Club Competitions has been agreed between and signed by UEFA and those nine clubs. The approved reintegration measures are full and final.’
In terms of sanctions, the most noteworthy come in the form of the following:
- as a gesture of goodwill, and together with the other clubs, [they] will make a donation totalling an aggregate of €15 million, to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK
- [The nine clubs] will be subject to the withholding of 5% of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed
It is also noted that the sides in question have rejoined the ECA, and will face fines of up to €100 million if future attempts to join ‘unauthorised competitions’ are made.
UEFA has approved reintegration measures for nine clubs involved in the so-called ‘Super League’.
The matter of the other clubs involved in the so-called “Super League” will be referred to UEFA disciplinary bodies.
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— UEFA (@UEFA) May 7, 2021
This of course leaves just three Super League founders to be dealt with.
Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, to this point, have refused to officially break ties with the ESL project.
In turn, UEFA have confirmed that the trio of heavyweights have been referred to the body’s disciplinary committee, where potentially serious punishments – up to and not excluding Champions League expulsion – could be on the cards.
Aleksander Čeferin: “These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition… The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called ‘Super League’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently.”
— UEFA (@UEFA) May 7, 2021
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