• Dan Tracey


The dust may have settled on any mooted plans for a European Super League, but the fallout seems to continue and with Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool being postponed due to fan protests, it seems as if an air of toxicity is only getting stronger.

Such was the vitriol from Manchester United supporters on Sunday, that you get the feeling, those who follow the Red Devils on a weekly basis are not going to forget such heinous actions anytime soon.

Whether the end game can truly be the sale of the club from the Glazers’ remains to be seen and although an army of fans may not storm the pitch anytime soon, this certainly will not be the last of the protests.

While when it comes to the last of the discussion regarding a European Super League, the Premier League are now looking to implement steps to make sure such a breakaway plan never materialises again.

To combat any plans of a return attempt at breaking away, those who oversee the Premier League are now aiming to bring in some form of charter and one that all its member clubs would have to sign.

In doing so, it would be a cast iron agreement to state that any plans to leave the competition would now come with genuine consequences and those consequences would come in the way of punitive sanctions.

With such a measure in place, it would mean that if a similar idea were to ever get off the ground and any teams had desires to move on from English football’s top flight, there would be nothing in the way of half measures.

No more coming back with your tail between your legs and pleading with forgiveness, you either go for good or face the music and it is hoped, this threat and more importantly the collected signatures would finally kick any breakaway talks in touch.

Of course, the dirty half-dozen as they could well be labelled are not quite out of the woods when it comes to potential punishment and with The Football Association announcing that an inquiry will be opened into their actions, the question is what will be the result from their findings?

The most logical course of action would be some form of fine and one that is then used as a fighting fund for the football pyramid itself. You only need to look at the issues within the National League, to see how much financial assistance would aid their cause.

Critics would argue that it is not the job of the ‘big six’ to fund football and perhaps that is true. Then again, this is before they tried to change football forever and for them to get off scot-free would be as just a bitter pill to swallow.

Points deductions would not make sense, as you cannot relegate six clubs and the Premier League know that their own product would only end up harmed because of it. Which means, a fine and a sign up to this new charter, may well prove to be the best medicine for all.

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