The Premier League have AGREED a measly £20million settlement as punishment for the “big six” following the notorious European Super League fiasco.
Instead of laying down the law and telling Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs how it is, Richard Masters & Co have been working with the clubs to come to a mutual decision about what punishment should be dished out.
The six clubs edged for a UEFA-style punishment, which saw a fine of around £1.5million plus an additional 5% of revenue in next season’s European competitions handed down to grassroots sport.
It was alleged that heated discussions took place between those involved and the Premier League, with the big six – of whom only four of them finished in the top six last season – keen to avoid a points deduction.
It is alleged that heated discussions have taken place between those involved and the Premier League, with the big six – of whom only four of them finished in the top six last season – are keen to avoid a points deduction.
This story only reinforces Toon fans’ belief that the Premier League are somewhat subservient to the powers of the bigger clubs. Would Norwich, Brighton or Brentford be allowed to discuss the terms of their punishment had they done something similar? Like heck they would!
Mike Ashley is currently embroiled in two legal disputes with the Premier League; one to prove separation between the Saudi state and the PIF and another on the grounds of anti-competitiveness.
The Premier League literally giving “the big six” clubs preferential treatment by agreeing to their own punishment could add another string to the anti-competitive argument.
I’m no lawyer, but if there is any NUFC angle to take from this it can only be a positive one!