The 14 Premier League clubs who were not involved in plans to form a breakaway league called for the chairmen and chief executives of the offending clubs to step down as the Arsenal protest attracted thousands outside the Emirates on Friday night but it looks like a points deduction will be avoided.

kroenke 19 the american virusUnsurprisingly, the 14 clubs who were blindsided by the Super League announcement want accountability, however I’m not entirely sure this is the way they will get it.

At Arsenal, we don’t even have a chairman. When Sir Chips retired last year, he was not replaced.

The chief executive is Vinai Venkatesham, who most say was not involved in any of this to any significant degree.

Regardless, should every chairman and chief exec at the six clubs resign or be removed, they will still be owned by the same six wealth hoarders who were, ultimately, behind the whole thing in the first place.

“We had been told repeatedly that they weren’t setting up a Super League so after what’s happened this week, we simply can’t deal with these people again,” one chief executive told Sky Sports News.

“The owners of these six clubs need to find new people to represent them at Premier League meetings. They have to be replaced. Some of these people have more faces than the town clock.

“We all disagree (on things) and we all look after our own interests but there are certain lines which can’t be crossed and so many lines have been trampled all over this week.”

Football.London report that the 14 clubs are not inclined to see punishments issued, like points deductions, that would impact fans. While admirable, it will certainly anger fans outside the Premier League, like at Wigan, for instance. What did their fans do to deserve a points deduction that saw them relegated after they went into administration?

I totally understand the anger around, it is matched by almost all fans of the club as Friday night’s protest before the game against Everton demonstrated:

However, without fundamental change in the rules regarding club ownership, nobody appointed in their place will be trustworthy in the slightest and what lesson do they learn if their actions do not have very serious consequences?

Josh Kroenke and Vinai Venkatesham attended the virtual Arsenal fans' forum
Josh Kroenke and Vinai Venkatesham attended the virtual Arsenal fans’ forum

Josh Kroenke attended the Arsenal fan forum on Thursday night, via Zoom, and made it perfectly clear that his father, Stan Kroenke, would not be selling the club.

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