Super League is finished as Arsenal fined and commits to following UEFA rules

The short-lived Super League rebellion looks to have died a death as Arsenal and 8 other purported founding members of the breakaway have accepted their punishments from UEFA, and have also committed to obeying UEFA’s rulings or have to pay even bigger fines in the future.

The official UEFA website has listed the full sanctions made against all six of the Premier League sides involved and also Atletico Madrid and the two Italian giants from Milan.

Those nine clubs acknowledge and accept that the Super League project was a mistake and apologise to fans, national associations, national leagues, fellow European clubs and UEFA. They have also recognised that the project would not have been authorised under UEFA Statutes and Regulations.

In particular, each club:

  • unreservedly acknowledges and accepts the binding nature of the UEFA Statutes
  • remains committed to and will participate in any UEFA Club Competitions each season for which that club qualifies on sporting merit
  • will rejoin the European Club Association, which is the only representative body for clubs that UEFA recognises
  • will take all steps within their power with a view to terminate their involvement in the company established to form and operate the Super League and cease any existing related legal actions
  • as a gesture of goodwill, and together with the other clubs, 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
  • 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
  • agree to have substantial fines imposed if they seek to play in such an unauthorised competition (€100 million) or if they breach any other commitment they have entered into in the Club Commitment Declaration (€50 million)
  • will provide individual commitments to UEFA in which all the principles and values set out in the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding between UEFA and the European Club Association are accepted

But UEFA still have the added problem of the three remaining founding members who have so far refused to renounce the Super League and they have opened disciplinary hearings against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus over their involvement in the breakaway scheme.

They have released a statement saying:  “Following an investigation conducted by Uefa ethics and disciplinary inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for a potential violation of Uefa’s legal framework.

“Further information will be made available in due course.”

To me it seems a bit strange that those 3 clubs are still refusing to renounce the Super League. They certainly cannot go forward with just three members (and none from the Premier League) and they could be risking even bigger sanctions and maybe even receive suspensions from playing in the Champions League.

 

What are they hoping to gain from their continuing revolt?

21 Comments

  1. GunneRay says:

    I’m pretty sure the remaining three are so desperate for cash right now that they are sending invites to teams in New Zealand 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    1. gotanidea says:

      Real Madrid and Barcelona obviously have big financial problems, but I’m not sure about Juventus. Maybe the pandemic has hit Italy’s economy, worse than other developed countries

      The silver lining is the two Spanish giants will have to sell some of their stars with big discounts

    2. siamois says:

      I would like to know what they exactly mean by “and cease any related legal actions.”obviously clubs officials must have signed some legal documents!what are they?are they still binding?…according to one president they are??

    3. P.doff says:

      @gr
      eh bro….show some respect, wellington pheonix are sitting 7th in the A league so technically is on top of the NZ league

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍

  2. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Great so we can just carry on like normal with the highly corrupt Uefa and FIFA.

    Funny how the ESL was tainted as pure evil (I agree) but fans couldn’t be bothered protesting Uefa and FIFA. Keep in mind all the poor souls that have died for Qatar 2022.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Totally agree – the timing and announcement of the SL, gave UEFA and FIFA a “get out of jail free card” and has enabled them to become the injured party!!

      At least we now have AW as part of FIFA and, no matter what one’s views are regarding his Arsenal tenure, we KNOW that he will always be a voice of honesty.

      To date, I believe hundreds have died and others are being treated appallingly in Qatar… let’s not lose sight of that.
      As for the three clubs mentioned…. throw them out and let’s see what happens next!!!

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Very well said Ken. yes Wenger is a shining light in the darkness.

        The death toll is currently at +/- 6,500 people if reports are accurate.

        1. ken1945 says:

          Unbelievable death toll and yet FIFA do nothing about it, just counting the money this absurd venue will bring in to their organisation – also reading that no further action is required in the Hillsborough inquiry… shame on our justice system.

        2. ozziegunner says:

          PJ-SA and ken, deaths in the construction industry are apauling worldwide. Even in a developed country like Australia one worker dies every 2 days on average, even given stringent OH & S laws.
          What is occurring in Qatar, shows a complete distain and disregard for human life and abject failure by Government, business owners and management. That FIFA is associated with and condones this death toll is to their unending shame.

      2. patH says:

        Ken, I also read that EUFA are going to tighten the Fair Play rules and have stated that because of Covid there is a loss of £2 billion in football revenues across the EU leagues. I also understand that Kroenke will pay the fine and the loan that the club had from the government. Ceferin also said that he anticipated that there would be far less big transfer deals as most clubs have financial problems. I think Arsenal falls into this category. I don’t for one second think that it will stop some from wanting this or that £4O Million player or that the club can afford to spend millions. The reality is they can’t and unless Stan puts up his own money, without breaking the rules, then there is going to be some disappointed people.

        1. ken1945 says:

          patH, like you, I never expected to be surprised by the summer transfer activity.

          I read with more and more incredulity, the long list of players our fans want and the price tags they put on our players who they want out for being “dross”.

          The big question is, will kronkie put up or shut up and sell and where has the promise Dagonte made regarding the purchase of our club?
          I really cannot see Fair Play being effective, as clubs like City and Chelsea can just ignore them and pay the fines anyway, without batting an eyelid.

          1. patH says:

            Ken, I don’t think that Dagonte is likely to make a bid that will convince Kroenke to sell. My reasoning is that Kroenke has Arsenal FC, but more importantly, the Stadium as his foothold in the UK. What many do not understand is that the football club and the stadium are two different holdings. As long as the value of the stadium, which is real estate, increases in value, he will not sell. Anyway Dagonte is a businessman and I personally doubt if he would be any better than Stan. Its better the evil that you know.

          2. ozziegunner says:

            PatH, I am waiting for KS&E to approach the borough for planning permission to redevelop the Emirates as apartments!

      3. siamois says:

        I would like to add that many of these poor chaps were already working in Quatar under sub-human conditions having the WC over there has brought many of these issues to light resulting in some improved working conditions /better rights for migrants workers and not just for those working on stadiums.. let’s hope that the positive effects of the WC will continue long after the tournament.

  3. GunneRay says:

    UEFA are possibly going to expel Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus from their competitions and hitting each of the three clubs with a hefty fine!

    This just gets better and better!!😁

  4. jon fox says:

    This farcical situation is a clash of two or even three evils. The rapacious three clubs who refuse to let this absurd scheme die ,on the one hand . On the other, the two evil football rule makers FIFA and UEFA(count them both together as one, or as two separate evils, as you decide)!

    It is a power play played out between baddies and although there are individual good people, like AW among FIFA, the ultimate power lies only with baddies, as usual.

    The business of football is effectively corrupt at all top levels and that very much includes the creature who legally “owns” our club.

    To hear lectures on morality from scumbag FIFA, WHO ARE PERFECTLY CONTENT WITH ALL THE MANY DEATHS CAUSED BY THEIR OWN CORRUPT DECISION TO SITE THE WC IN QATAR, IS WAY BEYOND PARODY!

  5. Sean says:

    People/Fans are so used to Fifa World Cups, Fifa Games and so on that Fifa basically get a by ball for all their shady dealings behind the scenes because we as fans think that is who is the “boss” of football…

    When it comes to major fines and disciplinaries it goes to Fifa or UEFA before hand, we only know what we know and they get away with every thing and as stated above here 6,500 lives lost and injured in Qatar for this absurd bribed world cup.

    The Super Leagues biggest flaw was basically no competition for really anything except big lumps of money to play the biggest branded clubs in world football every week. No relegation or promotion so wheres the drama?

    Love for the money and not for the game. No Values.

    Where as the Champions League is the best competition in football hands down then the World Cup which brings excitement and joy around the world… both Ran by Fifa & UEFA. Yes could be ran alot better and this SL idea may just be the push they needed to sort their crap out…

  6. ozziegunner says:

    Little Villarreal, 7th in the Spanish La Liga, beat “super league” club Manchester United in Gdansk.
    Shows what a football team and Club can achieve with everyone working together and committed to the cause, even when the manager is a supposed “failure”.

    1. Johnze says:

      Yes. Well done emery. This guy faced a mafia. I don’t know if it was Paul, Aubameyang. Spoke bad english and shitty players made fun of him, but he did his best. His trusted CB holding got injured for the season and despite that, it lacked 1 point to get in UCL. He cruised in UEL final but got wrong in it. And next year, being 8th, he got sacked because of this mafia (called “dressing room” in a whole). Sad/unfair for the guy but he got his revenge tonight. His team is weaker, cost way less, but he managed to go through arsenal and then man U. Congrats to Unai. Of course he had lot of bad fondations, he told about that. MA did same or even worse saying he “knows why we are on decline but can’t say” LOL. You were not given enough time. congrats for this trophy 🏆 well done.

      1. john66@hotmail.fr says:

        Ozil, not Paul 😅 sorry for the typos

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