The Super League may be dead as far as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are concerned, but not for some of the others.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus hold some hope of the competition still happening, and they’ve made it clear they will pursue the Premier League six in terms of fines and punishments.
They’re determined to at least punish those who have pulled out as much as possible, even if the whole of football and managers like Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have openly denounced the project at this point.
MARCA cover the situation today and reveal that Madrid, Barcelona and Juve have sent a ‘harsh letter’ to those who have pulled out.
They reveal that the aforementioned trio have been in contact with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, warning them of ‘serious consequences’ if they formally leave the Super League and return to UEFA.
AC Milan and Inter Milan were also in the copy of the letter, but it was not addressed to them as they hadn’t left at the time of sending.
It’s explained that the letter being sent to the seven clubs, so Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, was crucial because of a clause in the Super League agreement.
This states that if 70% of the clubs left, the partnership could be ‘dissolved’, at least that is the understanding of those who left.
The newspaper details the contents of the letter sent to the Premier League clubs, in which six clear points were made.
After making it clear to those who’ve pulled out that they’re aware of them doing so, the letter warns Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid that they are in ‘breach’ of their ‘obligations’.
It continues that they consider the clubs in breach of agreements signed and invites them to ‘reconsider’ their actions and make it clear that they believe the arguments put forward do not excuse said breach.
There is also a slight dig at managers such as Klopp, Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola, with it stated that the ‘public announcements’ by the clubs and managers have caused ‘significant damage to the partnership.’
The clubs are then told that those who remain, so Barcelona, Madrid and Juventus, reserve the right to ‘seek appropriate legal action including damages’.
They are, though, open to discussions and have sought them with FIFA and UEFA so they can discuss the project and make the ‘reforms’ they think are ‘indispensable’.
The tone of the letter is clear, though; Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona are not giving up yet, and Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham may need to watch their backs as the Super League is far from as dead as it appears.