The six Premier League clubs who attempted to create a European Super League have signed a UEFA ‘club commitment declaration’ after backing down in their breakaway bid.
They each face an €100million (£87m) fine if they ever attempt another coup.
The sextet have been joined by AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in their climbdown in committing to existing international and national club competitions, UEFA has announced.
In a statement, UEFA declared: “Those nine clubs acknowledge and accept that the Super League project was a mistake and apologise to fans, national associations, national leagues, fellow European clubs and UEFA.
“They have also recognised that the project would not have been authorised under UEFA Statutes and Regulations.”
The clubs will make a combined €15million (£13m) goodwill contribution to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe. They will also have five per cent of UEFA competition revenues withheld for one season.
European football’s governing body insists it will take “appropriate action” against the trio.
“UEFA has reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League’.”
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “I said at the UEFA Congress two weeks ago that it takes a strong organisation to admit making a mistake especially in these days of trial by social media. These clubs have done just that.
“In accepting their commitments and willingness to repair the disruption they caused, UEFA wants to put this chapter behind it and move forward in a positive spirit.
“The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA. They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK.
These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football.
“The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called ‘Super League’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently.”
Measures clubs have agreed to
- Unreservedly acknowledges and accepts the binding nature of the UEFA Statutes
- Remain committed to and will participate in any UEFA Club Competitions each season for which that club qualifies on sporting merit
- Will rejoin the European Club Association, which is the only representative body for clubs that UEFA recognises
- Will take all steps within their power with a view to terminate their involvement in the company established to form and operate the Super League and cease any existing related legal actions
- As a gesture of goodwill, and together with the other clubs, will make a donation totalling an aggregate of €15 million, to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK
- Will be subject to the withholding of 5% of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed
- Agree to have substantial fines imposed if they seek to play in such an unauthorised competition (€100 million) or if they breach any other commitment they have entered into in the Club Commitment Declaration (€50 million)
- Will provide individual commitments to UEFA in which all the principles and values set out in the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding between UEFA and the European Club Association are accepted
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