The size of the fine is expected to be significant and all six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal – will express contrition on their part at the failed coup. In addition to apologising publicly in a statement to be released by the league, the clubs involved will admit that their participation was a mistake and pledge never to join an unsanctioned competition again.
The Premier League will also disclose the size of the figures that have been agreed with the rebel six clubs. The Premier League has drafted new regulations which will impose huge sanctions on any club attempting to join a breakaway in the future. Instead of a disciplinary process, the clubs and league have agreed on a compensation process which has seen them arrive at appropriate damages payments for their decision to join the breakaway, that lasted two days – between April 18 and April 20 – before collapsing.
Nine of the 12 rebel clubs, including the six from England, have already reached agreement with Uefa on the fines – around £7 million each. All nine have contributed to a combined payment of €15 million [£13million] towards what Uefa called a “gesture of goodwill” to benefit children, youth and grassroots football. In addition it has fined them five per cent of their annual Uefa prize revenue.
The six clubs have broken rule L9 that requires shareholders to gain written approval from the Premier League to join any new competition. It was agreed by the 14 other Premier League shareholders that the fines had to be significant, in order for them to have an effect on the league’s six wealthiest clubs and to make clear the seriousness with which the others and the executive regard the offences.
There are still three clubs – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – who remain in defiance of Uefa and are now formally under investigation from Uefa.