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Premier League exit European Super League

A chaotic few day has seen the Premier League’s traditional ‘big six’ all join and then depart the European Super League.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham made up six of the 12 original ESL clubs alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

However, following  that Chelsea and Manchester City had already began to withdraw Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool released statements late on Tuesday also confirming their intentions to leave the ESL:

Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs have all formally withdrawn from the European Super League.

AMAZING. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/DdLqvhnxJX

— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 20, 2021

Should the ‘big six’ be punished?

And though that is of course a big win for the English game, the question still remains over what should happen to the rebel clubs who were looking to join the ESL.

It has been quite apparent from recent press conferences and pre/post-match interviews that the managers of said clubs had little knowledge of their side’s intentions to join the ESL, but does that mean the clubs should all go unpunished?

Speaking on Sky Sports on Tuesday, Graeme Souness argued that he doesn’t want to see the clubs punished as all it would do is punish the supporters:

🗣”Who are you punishing? If you punish the club you punish the fans.”

Graeme Souness does not want the fans to suffer for something that the owners brought to the table in regard to the ‘European Super League’ pic.twitter.com/0gFsjRpQ0I

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 20, 2021

Now, on Wednesday, Sky are reporting that the other 14 Premier League clubs are divided on whether the ‘big six’ should face sanctions after they abandoned their plans to join the ESL.

It is added that one senior club official has said they want to pursue the possibility of punishments because they feel there has been a clear breach of PL rules, and a precedent must be set to act as a deterrent to possible future breakaways.

The rule being referred to is Premier League Rule L9, which states any member club needs prior written approval by the Board to enter a new competition, with the aforementioned official claiming that rule has been ‘patently broken’ by the six sides who joined and then left the Super League.


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