Big Six clubs maintain hold on Premier League committees despite Super League backlash

3 August 2021

Vinai Venkatesham
Photo: Alamy Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director Ken Friar in the stands before a match.

English clubs behind European Super League initiative continue to hold positions on Premier League committees despite five senior executives told to stand down from them.

Arsenal confirms chief executive Vinai Venkatesham still occupies a position on a key Premier League committee.

Manchester United is represented on several of the league’s committees, says a spokesman.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

Despite widespread reports that executives from the English clubs behind the Super League initiative were forced to step down from their roles in Premier League committees, the clubs have maintained key positions, according to sources close to the situation.

In April it was reported that the Premier League’s CEO Richard Masters gave an ultimatum for five leaders of the clubs to leave their committee roles.

The departures were seen as a response by the Premier League to a backlash from fans, players and coaches against the clubs’ participation in the initiative.

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