EPL executives quit in fresh fallout to Super League 'disgrace'

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, club executives Bruce Buck from Chelsea and Liverpool's Tom Werner.
Chelsea's Bruce Buck and Liverpool's Tom Werner have both resigned from roles within the English Premier League. Pic: Getty

The controversial European Super League proposal has claimed a number of new victims, with reports executives from five of the six English clubs have resigned from various roles in the wake of the controversial breakaway.

Manchester City and Chelsea were the first two English clubs to signal their intent to withdraw from the rebel competition, before the other four clubs - Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham - followed suit.

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Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was reportedly left "shocked to the core" by how fierce the backlash to the Super League was, and swiftly instructed his board to pull the pin on the idea.

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward - understood to be one of the driving forces behind the breakaway league - was the first major casualty of its demise.

Woodward announced in the wake of the Super League's swift collapse that he would be stepping down from his role at the end of 2021.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was the first casualty of the Super League among the English clubs. Pic: Getty
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was the first casualty of the Super League among the English clubs. Pic: Getty

Calls grew for executives, directors, board members and even owners at clubs to resign in the wake of the controversy described as a "disgrace" by fans all around the world.

It's now emerged that executives from five of the six English clubs involved in the rebel group of 12, have resigned from their posts on various Premier League committees.

Joining Woodward are Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano, with Sky Sports reporting on Thursday that they have all stepped down from their roles.

Tottenham Hotspur, who were also involved in forming the Super League, do not have representation on the league's committees.

Execs step down from EPL roles

Woodward has resigned from the Premier League's Club Broadcast Advisory Group, along with Werner.

Venkatesham and Soriano have left the Club Strategic Advisory Group, while Buck is no longer part of the league's Audit and Remuneration Committee.

Former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said earlier on Thursday he believed there would have to be consequences for clubs who were founder members of the ill-fated Super League.

The resignations are the first of these and the six clubs will now wait to see if any further action will be taken against them, though what form this could take is unclear with the Premier League sides reportedly studying which rules of the organisation may have been broken with the breakaway proposal.

Those wishing to play in the Super League had hoped it would increase revenues to the top clubs and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.

However, the sport's governing bodies and fan organisations criticised the venture, arguing it would increase the power and wealth of the elite clubs in a 'closed shop' competition that would see them compete every year without the need to qualify.

Within 48 hours of league being announced, the English sides withdrew due to the fierce backlash they received from fans, their own players, politicians and the 14 other Premier League clubs.

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