UEFA handed down their fine to Liverpool on Friday for the Super League plans. They weren’t the only ones, of course, and other clubs have led the way on handling the punishment.
Liverpool now know their fine from UEFA. They will, along with the other Super League clubs, contribute to a £13m grassroots fund, as well as losing 5% of revenue from UEFA competition.
It is, in the grand scheme of things, a pittance. It’s really not much of a punishment and serves more as a warning.
For Liverpool, along with other clubs, can now be fined £87m if they try to make a Super League happen again. Though, that’s not much of a fee to pay if they truly can get a Super League to happen.
In fact, the profits from such a closed shop would drastically outweigh that fine. We can’t imagine it would deter anyone.
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Regardless, it’s a punishment for the actions of greedy owners who sought to cripple football for their own financial gain. And with that in mind, should the clubs even pay the fine?
Or should that fall on those owners?
It’s an interesting question and one that Spirit of Shankly put forward to FSG and Liverpool earlier this week. We support those requests and it sounds as though they might just happen.
That seems even more likely with reports that both Manchester United and Arsenal’s owners will take that approach. That’s according to the BBC’s Simon Stone.
They will take the punishment here, not the club. FSG, surely, have to do the same, given the SoS request.
We’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case – perhaps we get an announcement shortly. But it would certainly be a bad look if Liverpool pay this fine because FSG don’t want to.
Especially at a time when the club isn’t doing too great financially. Few clubs are, of course, after a year without fans. Having to pay millions in fines as a result of FSG’s plans, though, would be an extra, needless kick in the teeth.
But no matter what, Liverpool escape lightly, here. UEFA really aren’t punishing teams too much for backing out of the plans.
Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona, however, haven’t backed out yet. They now face harsher punishments from UEFA and we’ll be watching closely to see what Liverpool narrowly avoided.
But as things are, the Reds get away with it relatively unscathed.