Super League: ‘Big Six’ To Pay £22M Settlement To Premier League

This combination of file pictures made on April 19, 2021, shows the logos of European football clubs for the failed breakaway Super League announced by twelve of European football’s most powerful clubs. Paul ELLIS, Pierre-Philippe MARCOU, Odd ANDERSEN, Marco BERTORELLO, Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS, Paco SERINELLI, Isabel INFANTES, Isabella BONOTTO, Tim KEETON, Jose Manuel RIBEIRO / AFP

 

The six rebel English clubs that signed up to the European Super League have reached a financial settlement with the Premier League worth a combined £22 million ($31 million), the league said on Wednesday.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham announced themselves as founder members of the competition in April, but the project quickly collapsed after widespread opposition.

“The six clubs involved in proposals to form a European Super League have today acknowledged once again that their actions were a mistake, and have reconfirmed their commitment to the Premier League and the future of the English game,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“They have wholeheartedly apologised to their fans, fellow clubs, the Premier League and the FA (Football Association).

“As a gesture of goodwill, the clubs have collectively agreed to make a contribution of £22 million, which will go towards the good of the game, including new investment in support for fans, grassroots football and community programmes.”

The clubs have also agreed to support rule changes so that any similar actions in the future would lead to a 30-point deduction.

Each of the six clubs, in that event, would also be subject to an additional £25 million fine.

“The Premier League and The FA have worked closely together throughout this process and this agreement brings both investigations into the matter to a conclusion,” the Premier League statement added.

The six Premier League teams were among nine clubs to enter into a settlement agreement with UEFA last month.

The nine, also including Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan, agreed to forego five percent of their revenue from UEFA competitions for one season and pay a combined 15-million-euro ($18 million) donation to support grassroots’ and youth football in Europe.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have so far refused to back away from the project and could be hit by tougher UEFA sanctions.

European football’s governing body has opened formal disciplinary proceedings against the Spanish and Italian giants.

AFP

Newcastle Ban Handshakes To Guard Against Coronavirus

Championship: Newcastle Close Gap On Brighton With Cardiff Win

Premier League club Newcastle United has introduced a handshake ban to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, manager Steve Bruce said on Friday.

“There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands with everybody as soon as we see each other every morning — we’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor,” Bruce said.

“We are like everybody else. Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do.

“We’re like everybody else, we’re glued to the TV for where it’s going to go next and let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”

Sports events across the world are increasingly being affected by the spread of the virus.

The clash between Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan is among five Serie A games that will be played behind closed doors this weekend because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Swiss government on Friday said it was suspending all events in the country involving more than 1,000 participants.

In cycling, the UAE Tour was abandoned on Thursday after two Italian staff members of one of the teams taking part tested positive for the coronavirus.

The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging in every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people travelling or gathering in crowded places.

It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 83,000 worldwide — the vast majority in China — since it emerged apparently from an animal market in a central Chinese city in late December.

AFP

Ighalo Not For Sale Under Any Circumstance

ighaloPremier League club, Watford, insists Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, is not for sale “under any circumstances”.

Ighalo finished 2015 as the leading goalscorer in English league football after netting 30 goals in the past 12 months.

The Nigerian’s fine form in front of goal, which includes 14 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, has alerted Premier League big guns and more notably Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid.

Hornets boss, Quique Sánchez Flores believes Ighalo, who is on a five year contract, will stay until the end of the season.

Tottenham Beat Crystal Palace 1-0 At White Hart Lane

tottenhamPremier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, are up to ninth on the league table, following a 1-0 win against visiting Crystal Palace at the White Hart Lane.

South Korean Heung-min Son scored the only goal of the game, his third for the club this season.

The first half started slowly with Tottenham dominating the first half.

Son, who scored twice in the 3-1 midweek Europa League win over Qarabag, broke the deadlock with 22 minutes remaining with a left-footed effort from just inside the box to give the hosts their second 1-0 league win in succession.

Manchester City Beat Chelsea 3-0

Manchester-city-ChalseaPremier League club, Manchester City, has laid down a significant early marker by beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The goals scorers were Sergio Aguero Vincent Kompany and  Fernandinho.

Aguero opened the scoring at the 31st minute while Kompany scored at the 79th minute.

Not long after Eden Hazard was given a yellow card, Fernandinho sealed a win with the winning goal in the 85th minute.

After the match, the Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, said that his team had a lot of criticisms, but were always the scoring team.

“I am very proud of this team. We have had a lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team. We won two titles and last year we finished in second place and I continue playing this side. This is the side fans deserve.”

The City boss also said that the most pleasing thing to him about the match is the fact that his side scored three goals.

“Two things are the most pleasing to me about this match. Number one to score three goals. In the first half we played really well, just Asmir Begoivc put in a great performance and we didn’t score more.

“Second it was important to get a clean sheet. To win 3-0 in two games, one against the champions, we are just starting the season but it’s important to play in the way we did today. A lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team,” he said.