Premier League clubs reject overhaul plan proposed by Liverpool and Manchester United

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2020

According to the report, the plans are said to contain "no active links to current football clubs", Bernstein believing "the sport can not be trusted to reform itself" and requires 'an independent body to mediate on the different needs of the FA, Premier League, Football League, National League and Women's Game'.

It was clear from the involvement of Football League chairman Rick Parry that the sales pitch would focus on the proposals as a way to deal with the financial troubles facing the 72 clubs in the three divisions below the Premier League.

Dowden's comments come after Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said a breakaway from the Premier League was wielded "as a threat" during talks over the divisive plans.

Former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale, representing Preston, said there were "no dissenting voices" in the Championship call, Burton Albion chief executive Jez Moxey described League One support as "unanimous" and Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis said excitement about the plans was "overwhelming".

Uncertainties do remain, however, given 14 out of the 20 teams. would need to approve the plan for less Premier League places.

"That's not what is broken here, what is broken is a lot of smaller clubs further down the chain in the Football League could go out of business".

Liverpool and Manchester United to be banned from European competition for five years each.

The lower divisions would have had to give top-flight clubs control of the calendar, their spending levels and post-Brexit work-permit arrangements, as well as scrapping the League Cup and accepting there will be no promotion from the Championship in the event of curtailment unless 75 per cent of fixtures have been completed.

Under the proposals, the "big six" and the other three longest-serving Premier League members - now Everton, Southampton and West Ham United - would hold the balance of power with only six of those nine needed to vote in major rule changes.

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The Premier League added that discussions as to how to financially support Championship clubs will continue.

"This is not something we should be talking about, the re-shaping of the Premier League".

"Clearly there's some frustration a proposal that hadn't had any input from the Premier League, from our clubs, has been pushed so hard in public", Masters said.

No more games moved to Monday / midweek for live TV coverage, only games already scheduled for midweek to be televised.

The new rules do not stop there.

On Sunday morning, the Daily Telegraph published the groundbreaking details of "Project Big Picture"; an 18-page document that underlined a potential £250m bailout fund for EFL clubs to cover lost match-day income from the economic implications of COVID-19.

The media chose to focus on the "power grab" aspect of the proposals while the main fans' group, the FSA, portrayed the help for the lower-leagues as a "sugar-coated cyanide pill offered up by billionaire owners who do not understand or care about our football culture".

No more global fortnight breaks.

As used to happen, players to play on a weekend for their clubs and then fly off to spend a few days with their national squads and play a single match before returning to play for their clubs the following weekends.

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