The 2019 Leeds United ‘Spygate’ scandal could be key in determining the severity of the European Super League cabal’s punishment.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid calls for the ‘big six’ to be penalised for their attempts to form a breakaway competition.
Leeds were fined £200,000 in January 2019 for dispatching an employee to covertly watch a Derby County training session.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa later revealed that he paid the fine out of his own pocket.
Maguire explains that the ESL co-conspirators have broken the Premier League’s “good faith” clause just as Leeds broke a similar EFL rule.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If you take a look at the regulations of the Premier League, one of them is to operate in good faith for all of the members of the league.
“There is no doubt that the G6 (greedy six) clubs have breached that because they’ve been operating in terms of a parallel competition.
“Then there is a case for saying that those clubs have been effectively playing both sides of the table and therefore should face some sort of sanctions.
“The only thing that we’ve got for a precedent is Leeds United sending an old bloke to look through a hedge at Derby County’s training ground.
“On the back of that, they got a £200,000 fine. But it meant more than that. Leeds fans are still very, very upset about it.
“So we have seen the football authorities act on this principle in the past, although that was the EFL.”
Several owners of the ‘big six’ have been forced into embarrassing apologies since the ESL’s collapse.
There have been calls to dock points or to kick the six out of the Premier League entirely.