Executives from ‘Big Six’ finaly RESIGN from Premier League roles.
Executives from the ‘Big Six’ English clubs who attempted to break away and create the European Super League have resigned from their positions on Premier League committees.
Although the scheme spectacularly unraveled last week following a fierce backlash from the wider football world, bonds of trust within the rebels and the other 14 top-flight clubs have been broken.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters requested executives from Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United last week and asked them to step down.
The sixth club involved, Tottenham, are not currently represented on any of the Premier League’s committees.
And on Thursday, those linked confirmed they would step down from their various duties within the running of England’s top division.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward together with Tom Werner the Liverpool chairman have stepped down from the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.
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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was on the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee which had backed the appointment of Masters as Richard Scudamore’s replacement in November 2019.
Meanwhile, Ferran Soriano, the Manchester City chief executive, and Vinai Venkatesham, the Arsenal CEO have resigned from the Club Strategic Advisory Group.
The departure comes after a turbulent meeting of the 14 other Premier League clubs in the wake of the launch of the Super League last week.
The majority of the club owners acknowledged that the ‘Big Six’ acted in bad faith by going behind their backs and signing up for the new midweek competition, which was bankrolled to the tune of £4billion by JP Morgan a Wall Street giant.
The 14 remaining Premier League clubs believed the club owners had broken two Premier League rules – not behaving ‘towards each other club and the league with the utmost good faith’ and, without approval from the Premier League board, trying to play in another competition besides the current remit of UEFA competition.
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