On the subject of punishment:I have lost track of the amount of videos/tweets I have seen from fans of "smaller" clubs saying...
"Thank God this isn't happening, you have to praise the fans of these clubs for protesting, they deserve all our thanks right now...but let's deduct 50 points from each of the top 6, or relegate them all, kick them out of Europe." etc.
...makes me chuckle, tbh
On the subject of punishment:
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that the 12 ‘founding members’ of the Super League must now “suffer the consequences” of their decision to join the breakaway tournament.
The Super League project collapsed this week when all six Premier League clubs announced that they would no longer be taking part.
Ceferin had previously warned that players who took part in a breakaway Super League could be banned from future continental and international tournaments. He has also refused to rule out banning clubs from the Champions League.
What has been said?In an interview with 24UR in Slovenia Ceferin said: “A lot has happened 24 hours after the congress, but I expect more news by Friday.
“I think those who claim to be completely calm in this situation are not telling the truth. The situation is very complicated for them and not for the UEFA, which has 235 out of 247 clubs on its side.
“Indeed, 244. They are all with us. Yesterday I received text messages of support from virtually every club in Europe.
“So, now we expect everyone to realise their mistake and suffer the consequences. We will talk about it next week.”
What about the Champions League?It remains to be seen what punishment, if any, UEFA imposes on the 12 clubs who announced their intention to form a breakaway Super League.
Ceferin added that UEFA is still talking to its legal team.
“We will talk about football, but in the meetings, I will decide who sits next to me,” he said. “So, I can put someone a little further away.”
“If these clubs want to play in our competition again, they will have to get close to us and we will have to evaluate what happened, but I don’t want to go into details, as we are still talking to our legal team.
“I would say that the English clubs have made a very good decision and we will take that into account.”
What next for the Super League?The Super League project already appears to be in tatters.
Yet, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was the driving force behind the breakaway tournament, remains defiant and told Spanish radio program El Larguero that the Super League is “not dead”.
“We are going to keep working,” he said. “We are looking for ways of getting this done. It would be a shame not to get it done.”
Similarly, Barcelona president Joan Laporta labelled the project as “absolutely necessary”.
Without the support of 8 of the ‘founding members’ — who have withdrawn — as well as AC Milan and Juventus acknowledging the project’s failures, the chances of the proposed Super League coming to fruition now seem next to none.
Where can I find out more?For further insight on the implications and football’s next steps after an extraordinary week, Go Deeper with The Athletic’s Matt Slater below.
(Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in here since super duper league thread got shut.
The pricks.Seen plenty of West Ham fans say we should all be docked points/relegated...
Would be interested to find out if they felt the same way in 2007, when their club also broke Premier League rules, by signing Tevez, who pretty much kept them up on his own...were they happy with just a big fine then?
Not saying we shouldn't be punished for this, I don't see my club in the same light regardless anymore, **** em!
But do certain fans want the clubs punished because it's "the right thing", or because it will geatly benefit their own team...lot of holier than thou bullshit going on here from pretty much everywhere, football has been greedy and corrupt LONG before the Super League idea ffs.
All sides (fans, billionaire club owners, media/press) of a Super League or Champions League reforms are flailing against one simple truth: the financials of football are out of control. Who is focusing on necessary root-cause reforms and not an overreaction against the symptom? — John S
I think there’s a lot to unpack here, John, because you’ve got the longstanding, systemic stuff and then you’ve got the more acute issues caused by COVID-19. I actually think everybody is focusing on the latter and lots of people are worried about the former. The problem is nobody agrees on what the biggest problem is, let alone what the solutions are.
Believe it or not, but the devious dozen think a Super League is the answer. They look at the size of their fanbases, their massive social media followings, their passionate supporters in Malaysia and Nigeria and they wonder why they’re not making any money, they’re valued at smaller multiples of their income than Major League Soccer clubs and they have to borrow money at such high-interest rates. It’s not fair!
So they make a lot more money or they all agree to stop spending so much. That was the Super League plan. OK, it was a rubbish plan, in that it was based on ludicrously ambitious assumptions and it was inherently selfish, but they were trying to address the fact that “the financials of football are out of control”.