Simon Jordan has warned that there will be future escape attempts after Premier League clubs who signed up for the European Super League were fined a combined £ 22million.
A financial settlement has been reached between the six rebel English Super League clubs and the Premier League regarding the project which started in April.
The clubs have indicated their intention to remain in the Premier League, but their involvement in the Super League has reportedly had an extremely negative competitive and commercial effect on the English top flight.
The money is expected to go to grassroots football and not to the 14 top clubs that were not founding members of the Super League.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were also told they would be hit with individual fines of £ 25million and a 30 point deduction if they agreed to join a separatist league at the future.
A Premier League statement on Wednesday afternoon read: “The six clubs involved in the proposals to form a European Super League today recognized once again that their actions were a mistake and reconfirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of English football.
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“They have apologized wholeheartedly to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and the FA.
“As a sign of goodwill, the clubs have collectively agreed to make a contribution of £ 22million which will go to the good of the game, including new investments in support for fans, grassroots football and community programs.
“In addition, the clubs have agreed to support the rule changes so that any similar action in the future will result in a deduction of 30 points. Each of the six clubs, in this case, would also face an additional fine of £ 25million.
“The Premier League and the FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement ends both inquiries into the matter.”
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The Premier League has previously conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the founding of the Super League, and its chief executive, Richard Masters, said last month that the investigation would be conducted “in an efficient, fair and appropriate manner.”
It is reviewing its regulations and drafting a new owners’ charter to prevent this from happening again.
But in Jordan’s eyes, a repeat is inevitable, despite very strict and severe penalties for any clubs attempting to repeat their breakaway efforts.
“Of course, it’s going to happen again. There is nothing wrong with that outside of sports meritocracy. It’s about generating income, ”said the former owner of Crystal Palace.
“Player salaries don’t go down and if you can’t lower wages in this climate, you never will.
“It’s about generating income and making it fair… the Premier League is just as ugly because it doesn’t distribute itself properly, right?
“At the end of the day 91% of the money in English football goes to 20 clubs… how is that fair?”
So, did Jordan think the £ 22million fine was a justified punishment given everything?
He added: “Yes, that’s in line with what UEFA has done. There are more prohibited actions that will be taken if they try to do something similar as a consequence of more punitive penalties.
“Look, the £ 22million can compensate for what the Premier League doesn’t pay up front because they don’t pay five percent up front.
“Like so many things, we have to look at why these things happened rather than necessarily how they happened, namely the European Super League.
“Underlying things like football, money, player salaries, the need to generate more money. The ugly side like the lack of mediocrity and that sort of thing.
“What worries me is that some organizations like UEFA and FIFA will suddenly become very protective in terms of culture and start to change things that don’t need to change.
“I was afraid that would happen and it is starting to happen in some areas. But we cannot play sports without mediocrity, but we have to look at the symptoms behind the disease.
“Football’s finances are shattered and they are getting worse. We are sitting here pounding our teeth over transfers of £ 150million and £ 500,000 of players per week. We are in the middle of a situation with football where it has never been so challenged financially as it is today.
“That’s what it is… £ 3.5million per club… it’s really painful for them, isn’t it? They don’t really want to pay for this if they don’t have to at the end of the day.
“What did they really do? They started to fight and they didn’t even get off the stool. It was laughable.
He continued, “On the one hand you are discussing sporting mediocrity and on the other hand you are talking about compromising sporting mediocrity for the coming season.
“If you had taken points this season, what difference would it have really made for the teams? It would have made a financial difference for the teams because if they dropped them in one place, they would have received
“You start the next season with a point deduction, and then it’s an argument of integrity understood. It’s all about the money, so it’s no surprise that the consequence has been money.
“The quantum? It’s a player’s salary. The average Premier League player earns £ 70,000 a week… so there is the salary of a player who had to be abandoned in the end.
“What does a point deduction really do? What you wanted to do was find out the reasons why these clubs did it and much of it is pushed back.
“It’s a little laughable because if you’re going to do something, go hard or go home. They came out with a fart.
A Football Association investigation into the matter is underway, as it is understood that it is working with the government on strengthening the powers of sports organizations over UK competition laws, after high profile sources of the FA admitted it was “50-50” if attempting to block the breakaway would have been successful as it is.
The Premier League peace deal follows a similar deal between nine of the original 12 Super League clubs and European football’s governing body, UEFA.
He announced a “club declaration of commitment” on May 7, effectively binding the clubs to existing national and international competitions on pain of severe financial penalties if a future breakaway was attempted.
The clubs have agreed to make a combined goodwill contribution of € 15million (approx. £ 13million) for children’s and grassroots football, as well as withholding five percent of competition income of UEFA which are due to them for one season, to be redistributed among other things. clubs.
The Glazer family and Fenway Sports Group have agreed to cover these costs relating to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.
It is understood that the FSG will also cover Liverpool’s share in the Premier League settlement, which amounts to £ 3.7million, and the Glazers will honor the pledge made by Joel Glazer during the fan forum. from last week to cover United’s share.
The nine clubs face fines of € 100m (£ 87m) each from UEFA in the event of a future escape attempt, the EU governing body said last month.
The three clubs that still have not given up on the Super League – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – have been the subject of disciplinary proceedings initiated against them by UEFA, with reports suggesting that a ban on the Champions League is possible.
The clubs, however, mounted legal measures in their defense, claiming that UEFA had violated EU competition law by attempting to block the league and threatening to sanction them.
Malcolm Clarke, President of the Football Supporters’ Association, said: “Whatever sanction is decided by the internal Premier League process cannot guarantee that clubs will not try again in the decades to come.
“The legacy of the European Super League should be a total restructuring of the game – an independent regulator, real power for the fans and a redistribution of wealth.”
Jordan has made his feelings for UEFA and FIFA clear in the past and reiterated his bold and outspoken views in a tee shot on Wednesday’s White & Jordan show.
“UEFA is a shameful organization and people forget it,” Jordan said. “There are a lot of issues with UEFA and the way they run the game and FIFA as well.
“There is a lot of corruption… the game is full of it. So when they sit there and go “look at those 12 guys over there… it’s the wrong clubs” like Tony Montana in Scarface.
“There are a lot of bad guys in football and there are a lot of people who have to be brought in to book.”