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English Super League rebels accept collective fine

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2021 | 12:08 AM
Chelsea’s team captain Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the trophy at the end of the Champions League final match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, May 29, 2021. Chelsea won the match 1-0.
Chelsea’s team captain Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the trophy at the end of the Champions League final match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, May 29, 2021. Chelsea won the match 1-0.

LONDON (AP):

The six Premier League clubs that tried to join a European Super League have accepted a collective fine of US$31 million.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester clubs United and City launched an ill-fated bid to join the breakaway competition in April that would split from the existing Champions League run by UEFA.

The project, also featuring three clubs from both Spain and Italy, collapsed within 48 hours when the English clubs pulled out amid a backlash from their own fans and the Government.

The fines were called a “gesture of goodwill” by the Premier League yesterday and amount to around US$5.1 million per club, with the cash being invested in support for fans, grassroots leagues and community programmes.

“They have wholeheartedly apologised to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and the FA (Football Association),” the league said in a statement.

They have accepted being deducted 30 points and fined US$35 million if they try to join any similar sort of largely closed competition in the future that isn’t part of the established structures.