Two months on from ESL fiasco, officials fear lessons are still to be learned

17 June 2021

Karren Brady
Photo: Alamy Apparently there have been attempts to get leading executives from some of these better established members of the 14 – understood to be West Ham’s Karren Brady (-sitting in the top and centre of the picture) and Everton’s Denise Barrett-Baxendale – to act as public figureheads for a movement against the Big 6.

Officials “incredulous” at level of settlements and lack of tougher future sanctions saying they do not offer sufficient future deterrent.

Divisions among the 14 other clubs and long-established relationships by “Big 6” officials saw relatively low punishments handed out.

ECA announce “process of reintegration” for nine rebel clubs, but refuse to give further details.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Sources close to several leading English clubs have expressed themselves surprised at the low level of punishments meted out by the EPL and UEFA, saying that the deterrents against further flirtations with breakaway competitions don’t go far enough.

Off The Pitch has also been given an insight into some of the behind the scenes disunity that saw the rebel 6 clubs agree “gestures of goodwill” totalling a combined £22 million, rather than suffer more significant financial punishments or points deductions.

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