Damning failure of Premier League’s punishment for Super League Six outlined

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The Premier League have finally handed out punishment to the six teams involved in an attempt to breakaway and form the failed European Super League.

But it is fair to say they will not be losing much sleep over the financial implications as a result.

Manchester United,Chelsea,Liverpool,Arsenal,Manchester City and Tottenham must all pay a combined sum of £22million for their part in the doomed venture, which was widely condemned for threatening the future of the English football pyramid.

The fine works out at £3.6m per club – and will end up being less than 1% of their income.

The six Super League teams will have to pay just over £3.5m each
(Image: PA)

The six breakaway clubs had a combined turnover of £2.62 billion in 2019/20, the last season for which figures are available.

The £22m fine works out 0.76% of that income.

United earned the most profit with a turnover of a whopping £509.0m, with their bitter rivals Liverpool just behind them with £489.9m.

City are next on the list with £478.4m, with Chelsea taking home £407.4m.

And North London pair Tottenham and Arsenal made £391.9m and £344.5m respectively.

To demonstrate just how lenient the Premier League have been, it can also be proved that the whole fine could have been covered by every team's prize money from UEFA tournaments that season other than Arsenal.

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Each side picked up between €94.75m (City) – €30.17m (United) for their efforts in Europe, with only Arsenal lagging behind having 'only' earned €18.40m.

The punishment handed down by the Premier League will likely not go down well with supporters of teams outside the big six, especially given how hard hit lower league clubs have been in recent years for financial reasons, with many receiving big fines and points deductions.

The fine will go back into grassroots football and the wider footballing community, rather than to the 14 other teams in the top-flight.

However, if any of the six clubs sign up for a similar venture in the future then they could each be hit with a £20million fine and face a 30-point deduction.

The fines are smaller than were originally proposed by the Premier League, which suggested the six clubs would have to pay around £15million each and face point deductions.

Only Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are yet to formally withdraw from the Super League, meaning they could be ineligible to play in the Champions League next season.

Super League president Florentino Perez warned that the contracts the 12 clubs signed were "binding" and suggested fines could be issued to teams that U-turn.

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