Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham will step down from his role on the Premier League’s Club Strategic Advisory Group as requested by the executives of the 14 Premier League clubs who didn’t act like total morons.
At a meeting last week, the 14 Premier League clubs who did not try to form a breakaway league insisted that there must be changes as they, understandably, could not trust their counterparts at Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
As a result, executives at Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool have all confirmed that they will resign from their range of positions.
Tottenham did not have any representatives on any of the panels or in any of the groups to resign.
Along with Venkatesham, Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano will also resign from the Club Strategic Advisory Group, as will outgoing Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward and Liverpool’s chairman Tom Werner.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was on the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee and he will also step down.
The Premier League 14 have accused the ‘Big Six’ of acting in bad faith while breaking two Premier League rules – not behaving ‘towards each other club and the league with the utmost good faith’ and, ‘without approval from the Premier League board, attempting to play in another competition outside the current remit of UEFA competition’.
West Ham vice-chair, Karren Brady, said, “Trust has been vanquished. In future, how could my board ever ask one of them to represent the best interests of the Premier League and West Ham on a committee or working group?”
The 14 are expected to push for further punishments, targeted at individuals rather than the clubs as a whole to avoid punishing supporters.
Quite what the fans of the likes of Wigan, and other sides relegated due to financial mismanagement, must be thinking as they read about all this would surely make for interesting reading.