BIG SIX TAKE BIG SLAP
There is very much a sense of back in your box for those Premier League rebels and after having their heads turned by an obscene amount of wealth, it is going to be interesting to see what the fallout is between now and the end of the season.
In hindsight, it is a good thing that there are not paying supporters permitted to access stadia until next month and if the turnstiles were to crank open this weekend, you could only imagine the toxicity that could and likely would be generated.
Of course, such is the rawness of such actions, that even when fans are welcomed back for the final two games of the Premier League season, there is every chance that protests will continue in and out of the grounds.
While it is also an interesting topic for those who manage a club in the Premier League and with Steve Bruce stating that the ‘big six’ have taken a “huge slap”, it was certainly a victory for fan power at the start of the week.
In the preparations for Newcastle’s trip to Anfield this weekend, the former Manchester United defender was asked his views on what unfolded at the start of the week and Bruce had this to say:
"It was pretty obvious to everyone we weren't going to accept it, which was terrific. "The supporters have been heard and rightly so"
Although it does beg the question as to what happens next, and one does wonder if the damage has been done. Not only for the relationship between clubs and fans but also those who do not find themselves as part of the ‘big six’.
Will there be recriminations and reparations for the acts of Liverpool and their fellow five members. That is a decision for the Premier League to decide and although those on the other side of the fence will demand damages of some sort, you get the feeling that the governing body want to move on.
For those who oversee the day-to-day running of the English top tier, the last thing they need to be dragged into, is an incredibly messy civil war and although it would be remiss to simply sweep things under the carpet, it may end up being the easiest thing for all.
If only because what punishment would fit such a heinous crime? The prospect of Premier League points deduction would seem somewhat ludicrous – if only because you cannot relegate six clubs at once.
At the same time, the strides that were taken to keep the Premier League intact would only be nullified and at the end of the day, any serious repercussions may only damage the “product” for use of a better term.
Which means, although the ‘big six’ may well have been given a slap, it may be nothing close to a knockout punch and although the threat of a European Super League is quiet for now, you get the feeling that it will never really go away until it exists.