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Premier League rebels’ fine agreed

- By Sam Wallace

The Premier League will announce this week that it has reached agreement on a fine running into the millions for the six rebel clubs who conspired to join the European Super League – the breakaway that endured a short existence in April.

The size of the fine is expected to be significan­t and all six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal – will express contrition for their part in the failed coup. In addition to apologisin­g publicly in a statement to be released by the league, the clubs involved will admit that their participat­ion was a mistake and pledge never to join an unsanction­ed competitio­n again.

The Premier League has drafted regulation­s that will impose huge sanctions on any club attempting to join a breakaway in the future. Instead of a disciplina­ry process, the clubs and league have agreed on a compensati­on process that has seen them arrive at appropriat­e damages payments.

Nine of the 12 rebel clubs, including the six from England, have already reached agreement with Uefa on the fines – about £7million each. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain in defiance.

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