Former Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has told Sky Sports specialist Gary Neville that “life will never be the same” after the European Super League breakaway attempt.
Talk on Overlap, Neville’s new Youtube , Scudamore warned that if the project was doomed, the involvement of six Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – had irreparably changed English football.
“I absolutely knew that basically the fan base and the fabric of English football would not let that happen,” Scudamore told Neville, reflecting on the seven-day whirlwind that rocked football.
“For English football it’s so flawed and the idea that they couldn’t see it … I don’t need to name names, but reading some of the excuses, where we said ‘we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what our fans would like us to do,’ and yet they didn’t spend an iota talking to the fans who responded.
“You don’t know where to start with the disregard for the thoughtless nature of it all.”
As all six Premier League clubs have pulled out of the league following massive public backlash to the plans, Scudamore has warned their attempted breakout is expected to have ‘consequences’.
“I don’t believe life will ever be the same after last Sunday. There will be changes because the actions of the six have changed some of the dynamics forever. I would like to think that the six will come back to the table one by one. point in time – not right away because there is too much anger out there right now – but there will be a constructive dialogue where there will be changes.
“It could be a change in self-regulation, and there may be a change in external regulation. It is inevitable.”
Asked specifically whether clubs should be punished, Scudamore replied: “I don’t want to go because it’s not my job, but there must be consequences. It can’t happen without consequences, and something has to be checked out for what they did… I won’t go into what but something has to be distributed. “
Scudamore also scorned Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, for his role in the breakaway attempt.
“Let him try to [antagonise] Premier League, I wouldn’t have a message for him. Let Europe take care of this. He won’t get what he wants when it comes to the European Super League. Who knows what six clubs it will be in a year, five years, ten years.
“When you look at the temerity of it all with these six clubs, it was a slice of time. If you had gone back 10 years it would have been a different six and another six 20 years ago. That doesn’t happen, and I’m not really interested in what Perez and some of the others frankly have to say. “
But, in the week that Neville himself insisted that only government intervention can prevent a new proposed escape, Scudamore remains adamant that independent regulation is not necessary.
“I haven’t changed my mind at all about the need for independent regulation. I think football is fit for purpose, fundamentally because professional football is built around promotion and relegation. the European Super League’s most offensive, among others, was the closed system – which is a complete anathema.
“No matter how unrealistic your expectations are, the idea that you can form a team behind the Dog & Duck pub and climb the pyramid – whether it’s Salford City or anyone else – you can reach the top. .
“It’s an older principle that even promotion and relegation, and basically those two things, don’t change. The regulatory framework that manages these things is not easy. Promotion and relegation are the cornerstone of this, and the fans have made it clear.
“But the other key factor is the finances of football, and it is not easier for an independent regulator who will not know as much as the clubs themselves. Self-regulation is about the clubs and leagues that offer a framework that allows things to breathe. “