Six English ESL breakaway clubs agree to pay £20m to grassroots causes

Clubs and Premier League settle on punishment paymentSum is less per club than average squad member’s yearly salaryThe six English clubs who attempted to join the European Super League have agreed a settlement with the Premier League that will see them pay an expected £20m between them to grassroots causes. The sum, which is likely to be confirmed by the Premier League on Wednesday, is more than was agreed with Uefa in a similar act of contrition but still amounts to less per club than they would pay an average squad member in a year.A further condition agreed between the Premier League and the clubs is understood to involve a much bigger fine – estimated to be in the region of £30m per club – and a 30-point deduction should the clubs attempt such a breakaway again. Under the terms of the ESL, the six – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – had planned to continue playing in their domestic leagues as well as in the invitation-only competition. Related: Managerial carousel mirrors the desperate crisis enveloping Europe’s elite clubs | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading…

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