Manchester United, Liverpool and other European Super League clubs must face 'consequences'

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The Premier League clubs who attempted to form a breakaway European league must face “consequences”.

That’s the view of former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore after the demise of the proposed European Super League (ESL) following a public backlash.

Newcastle United and the 13 other clubs not involved in the ESL had objected to the breakaway. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea had signed up to the mutli-billion pound project.

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Speaking to Gary Neville's The Overlap YouTube channel, Scudamore said: "I don't believe life will ever be the same after last Sunday.

Richard Scudamore.Richard Scudamore.
Richard Scudamore.

“I think the actions of the six have altered the dynamic forever. There has to be some consequences. Things have to change.

"There is no switch you can turn that suddenly builds back trust with these people and the fan base. It’s a long and difficult road back. After a period of some healing, we have to rebuild this thing.

"I can’t explain why any of them thought it was a good idea. I’m the person who had been telling them for years it was a crazy idea – and could not happen. What's happened in the last week is that it's been stopped – and that's the right thing.

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"Anyone who knows me would know I found this completely unacceptable.

"There has to be some consequences. I think something will have to be extracted by way of undertakings or attitude. I’m not going to get involved about whether there should be punishments or sanctions."