Furious football fans demand that the ‘Big Six’ be punished for the role of the European Super League
Angry football fans are calling for English clubs involved in the formation of the now-canceled European Super League to be punished, insisting that their own clubs have been fined or points deducted for lesser fouls.
Every member of the Premier League’s so-called Big Six has now pulled out of plans to form an escape league, with founder, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, admitting the project is in tatters.
It’s still unclear what penalty will come from FIFA, UEFA, FA and Premier League for the teams involved, but fans have urged football authorities not to let the domestic game power brokers go lightly.
Football fans have demanded from authorities not to let the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ get away with their plans to set up a European Super League
The plans – supported by Manchester United’s Glazer family – were scrapped on Tuesday evening under increasing pressure
Angry fans of other clubs have demanded that the ‘Big Six’ be punished as they have been before
Concerns have been raised among experts that any punishment imposed on the ‘Big Six’ should take into account the fact that the escape was imposed on their fans, staff and payers who have since campaigned heavily to stop it .
But furious calls for sanctions have come from fans like West Ham, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Leeds, who say their clubs were being punished for fouls unrelated to the fan base.
West Ham was fined a whopping £ 5.5 million for signing Carlos Tevez in 2006, who, according to the jury, had violated Premier League rules on third-party ownership.
The Hammers then lost a High Court bout with Sheffield United, after a Tevez goal downgraded them to the Championship in 2007, and had to pay massive damages to West Ham owner Bjorgofur Gudmundsson who was already on the brink of bankruptcy.
The club was eventually acquired by CB Hold after Gudmundsson’s bankruptcy in 2009 before current owners David Sullivan and David Gold took over in 2010.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, was fined £ 50,000 and scored three points after not playing a Premier League game at Blackburn in 1997.
Bryan Robson’s squad canceled the game at Ewood Park with 24 hours’ notice as they were unable to line up for the massive relegation showdown due to illness and injuries.
The penalty left Boro in the Premier League, four points behind 19th seed Southampton. Boro would end the season with a relegation of just two points.
Leeds, which was promoted back to the Premier League last season, was fined £ 200,000 in 2019 after Marcelo Bielsa sent an employee to spy on a training session in Derby County.
Portsmouth fans have also complained after getting nine points in 2010 and ten points in 2012 for going into administration – ultimately relegating them all the way to League One.
Now fans of those clubs and others are demanding that sanctions be imposed on the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ for threatening to completely change the football landscape under the hashtag ‘# punishthe6’.
One West Ham fan tweeted, ‘Never forget that we got a heavy fine for Tevez to the extent that we nearly went out of business and lost the club we loved. The big six are not punished but rewarded ‘.
One Middlesbrough fan wrote: ‘Middlesbrough refuses to play a game in ’97 – got 3 points. Each team enters admin 12 points. The ‘big 6’ try to destroy the English game, breaking the PL rules – ‘no, don’t punish the players or the fans’. Premier League Plastics Are Misguided!
PriceOfFootball tweeted: ‘Given that Leeds has been fined £ 200k for watching a training session through a hedge, how much will the PL and UEFA fine Greedy Six executives for attending commercially sensitive broadcasts and commercial negotiations while they turn off their own rival competition? ‘
An angry Portsmouth fan added: ‘#Pompey took off 9 points in 2010, ending its stay in the premiere with an FA Cup final against Chelsea. Deducted another 10 points in 2012, relegating us to League 1. All about ownership, not the fans, but we’re where we are. ‘
On Tuesday evening, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness appeared to be suggesting that the clubs involved should not be punished.
When asked if they should be fined or if points should be deducted, he said, ‘No, who are you punishing? If you punish the club, you really punish the supporters. The players have done nothing wrong and the supporters have done nothing wrong.
‘The people at the top are being punished by the supporters themselves. They can’t go to the games anymore or if they do, good luck. ‘
Graeme Souness suggested on Sky that punishing clubs means punishing players and fans
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has demanded that the ‘Big Six’ clubs not come off lightly
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce demanded hefty sanctions for the ‘Big Six’ clubs on Wednesday.
He said, ‘If I break rules, I will be sanctioned. In this case, they broke the rules. I don’t know what the form of punishment should be, but especially if you’ve broken the rules, you have to pay for it.
There are lessons to be learned for the governing bodies that run our game, unless we learn those lessons quickly and better protect the structure of our game, we’ll probably see this over and over again.
‘It’s not a new idea, it may have been a new format, but it has been talked about for years. The bigger guys want a bigger share of the pot. Fortunately, there is resistance and rightly so.
‘This stinks of the American system to me. Three of the six owners are based in America. Now is the time for everyone to come together.
I’m talking about the stakeholders: supporters’ trusts, the PFA, the LMA, the FA, the EFL and the Premier League.
‘We need better rules and regulations and then we may be able to avoid this situation again. Until then, we’ll still open up to some other changes based on clubs wanting more money. ‘