Executives of ‘Big Six’ TAKE OFF Premier League roles after furious backlash from other 14 clubs to their doomed European Super League breakout with Ed Woodward, Bruce Buck and Tom Werner among those forced to step down from committees
- The Premier League ‘Big Six’ tried to break away and join the European Super League
- The project failed just 48 hours after its official launch after massive backlash
- Concerned executives have stepped down from their Premier League committees
- Five of the six rebels were represented on advisory groups and other panels
- It followed a furious reaction from the other 14 clubs in the English top flight
Executives of the ‘Big Six’ English clubs who tried to break away and form the European Super League have resigned from their positions on the Premier League committees.
Although the project was spectacularly unraveled last week after a fierce reaction from the football world, the bonds of trust between the rebels and the other 14 top clubs have been broken.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters approached executives from Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United last week with a request to step down.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters asked Big Six executives to resign from their committee posts in the wake of the European Super League escape
Manchester United Deputy Chairman Ed Woodward (right) and Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner (left) have resigned from the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.
The sixth club involved, Tottenham, is currently not represented on any Premier League committees.
And on Thursday, those involved confirmed that they would step down from their various responsibilities within the English top division leadership.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman of Manchester United and Tom Werner, Chairman of Liverpool, have resigned from the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was on the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, which had helped appoint Masters as Richard Scudamore’s replacement in November 2019.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is no longer on the league’s audit and remuneration committee
Man City CEO Ferran Soriano has stepped down from the Club Strategic Advisory Group
Meanwhile, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano and Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham have stepped down from the Club Strategic Advisory Group.
The resignation follows a stormy meeting of the 14 other Premier League clubs in the wake of the Super League launch last week.
Most club owners felt that the ‘Big Six’ were acting in bad faith by going behind their backs and entering the new midweek competition, which was paid out for £ 4 billion by Wall Street giant JP Morgan.
Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham was also on the club’s strategic advisory group
The announcement of the Super League sparked protests from fans at each of the English clubs involved
The 14 clubs felt that the owners had broken two Premier League rules: they did not behave ‘towards each other’s club and the league with the utmost fidelity’ and ‘without the approval of the Premier League board, they tried in a different competition that falls outside the current mandate ‘. of the UEFA competition ‘.
West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady revealed that insults flew against the ‘Big Six’ executives during the emergency meeting and trust has been broken.
She said, “Trust has been conquered. In the future, how can my board ever ask one of them to represent the interests of the Premier League and West Ham in a committee or working group? ‘
This could only be the start of the sanctioning of the six Premier League clubs and some other clubs want to go even further. For the time being, the sanctions are aimed at the people involved and not at the clubs.
A mitigating factor is how quickly the Premier League clubs realized their mistake and withdrew from the Super League barely 48 hours after it was officially launched.
However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists that the idea of the Super League is not dead yet.
Florentino Perez last week insisted that no team can withdraw from the European Super League
When asked last weekend what sanctions could be faced by clubs that have withdrawn, Perez said: ‘I’m not going to explain what a binding contract is now … But the clubs can’t leave.
‘Some of them have been forced to say they are leaving. But this project or something like that will continue, and I hope it is soon.
The Super League still exists, and the members are still in it.
“Now we have given ourselves several weeks to think as we face the violence that some people, who do not want to lose their privileges, have used to manipulate our project.”