Premier League tells Big Six executives to leave ESL committees

LONDON, APR 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/22/2021 12:46:06 PM IST

The Premier League has told executives from the clubs involved in the breakaway European Super League to step down from key committees or risk being “forcibly removed”, British media reported.

Premier League Chief Excutive Richard Masters had approached executives from Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City on Wednesday asking them to relinquish their positions on working groups, Sky Sports said. Tottenham Hotspur are not represented on any of the Premier League’s key committees.

It follows Tuesday’s meeting of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the Super League who “unanimously and vigorously” rejected the plans for the competition.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck sits on the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, while Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham and Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano are members of the Club Strategic Advisory Group.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Liverpool chairman Tom Werner are part of the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.

The six Premier League teams that signed up for the venture withdrew on Tuesday following an intense backlash from fans, players and the British government alongside threats of bans and sanctions from the game’s European and world governing bodies.

Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Italy’s Inter Milan pulled out on Wednesday, while AC Milan indicated they are also abandoning the project. Juventus Chairman Andrea Agnelli said the competition cannot proceed any longer after the English teams pulled out but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the project was not dead.

Project is ‘on standby’: Real president Perez

The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan have also formally pulled out.

“We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.” Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have not withdrawn, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed.

Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s La Liga, said: “If it [the Super League] was good for football, as Perez has said, they wouldn’t have done it behind our backs.”

On whether there would be sanctions from La Liga for the Spanish clubs, he added: “We are not talking about sanctions.

“Everyone wants to cut people’s heads off. We have to have a procedure and we have to see how it looks in the end. These clubs have been sanctioned by their own fans.”

Speaking on the El Larguero show on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Super League chairman Perez claimed the project was not yet dead as all 12 clubs “have not left yet”.

“You cannot get out of the contract like this - they are binding contracts,” he added.

When asked what the penalty was for leaving the project, Perez did not answer.


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