Football has quickly moved on from the greed-motivated plans of the proposed European Super League (ESL) but there could soon be subsequent consequences for their actions.
This, of course, involves Tottenham Hotspur and it could be a worrying sign for their immediate future, thanks to the decisions of Daniel Levy and the club’s hierarchy.
Much of the Spurs faithful have protested against the ENIC group, as well as the chairman, following the downfall of the breakaway group but the latest on the situation is only going to anger people even more.
According to ESPN, UEFA are ready to pursue severe disciplinary action against the teams that signed up to the ESL. As a result, this could lead to maximum punishment under the organisation’s rules, which is a two-year ban from competing in the Champions League and Europa League.
Over the last week or so, UEFA have sought to clarify the position of ten of the 12 clubs who signed up to the proposal and could hand them a lesser sanction but you’d imagine this will, at best, still be a hefty fine.
At the time this news first surfaced, Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville lambasted owners like Levy in a scratching and passionate rant against the plans live on air (via the Evening Standard).
“[My thoughts are] no different to Gary and every supporter up and down the country,” said the former Liverpool vice-captain. “What I would say is this is not Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Man City involved, this is John Henry and FSG, this is the Glazers, this is Roman Abramovich, Sheikh Mansour, Stan Kroenke, Daniel Levy – these are the people to blame for this.”
Neville added: “It can be stopped and I am convinced of it. Going forward that is what we need, marches on stadiums, supporters getting together, it should not be allowed to happen. I said yesterday that I thought it was a criminal act.”
This will now have a dangerous knock-on effect for Spurs, especially as they are currently on the lookout for a new manager. Amid the ESL plans first coming to the surface, Levy ruthlessly sacked Jose Mourinho in a week where they had the Carabao Cup final.
It is thought, via football.london’s Alasdair Gold, that he would like a new manager in place before the end of the season. However, likely sanctions and a potential ban from Europe would make the managerial vacany so much less appealing than it already is.
The Lilywhites are firmly in the top-four race, sitting just five points behind Champions League finalists, Chelsea, with four games still to play.
Even then, a spot in the Europa League is more likely – but will a top coach be willing to come to North London if their transfer budget is impacted through possible sanctions and the prospect of no European football?
As Neville describes it, this “criminal” decision and the likely consequences could hand Spurs a huge hammer blow as they look to move on with their immediate future.
Although, some might say it’s exactly what Levy and ENIC deserve after the stunt they tried to pull.
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