Super League Future Punishment
If there was one big positive about the Super League proposal last season, it was giving an extra edge of achievement to the fact that Aston Villa managed to beat four of the six English clubs who had signed up to the breakaway league.
Arsenal (twice), Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea were all beaten by Villa, who had struggled against such teams in recent seasons.
The victories will no doubt help growing confidence and a shift in mentality going into such games in the coming seasons. Hopefully, it will help the Villa team improve when they come up against the two Manchester clubs next season, the only two of the so called Super League teams they failed to beat last season.
It seems the six clubs that signed up for the Super League have learnt their lesson and confessed their guilt, after once again admitting their actions were wrong, as they issued a statement via the Premier League, offering up a goodwill payment for grassroots football.
The £22m sum though is considered a drop in the ocean in terms of the arrogance they demonstrated towards English football, considering the six clubs in question spent a massive £149.859 million on agents fees in the year ending February 21.
The clubs have also agreed to a further fine and a 30-point deduction, if they pursue similar ideas in the future.
If the six teams had 30 points deducted off their last season points tallies, since each of the three relegated clubs were so bad and failed to register 30 points, all of the six would have avoided relegation.
Only Manchester City would have finished above Aston Villa though, allowing Villa to move up to 6th in the table and snatch a Europa League spot.
Premier League and The FA joint statement
The six clubs involved in proposals to form a European Super League have today acknowledged once again that their actions were a mistake, and have reconfirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of the English game.
They have wholeheartedly apologised to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and The FA.
As a gesture of goodwill, the clubs have collectively agreed to make a contribution of £22million, which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football and community programmes.
Furthermore, the clubs have agreed to support rule changes so that any similar actions in the future would lead to a 30-point deduction.
Each of the six clubs, in that event, would also be subject to an additional £25m fine.
The Premier League and The FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement brings both investigations into the matter to a conclusion.