Radical plans for PL not dead yet despite swift opposition


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MANCHESTER: England (Reuters) – Radical proposals to change English football backed by heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United have been met with swift criticism but Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry insists he will push forward with the plan.
The proposals would give more power to the big Premier League clubs, reducing it from 20 teams to 18 for the 2022-23 season and scrapping the League Cup and Community Shield.
The plans would also see the Premier League commit to providing 25% of the league’s revenue to EFL clubs and a 250 million pounds ($325.58 million) rescue fund to help with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Premier League, the UK government and the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) were quick out of the blocks to condemn the plan, which was leaked to the Telegraph on Sunday.
But former Liverpool and Premier League CEO Parry, who has so far been the only public face of the plan, insisted that the proposals were by no means dead in the water.
“Clearly there will be a huge amount of debate but this is about coming up with a bold plan for the future and if that doesn’t please everybody, frankly, so be it,” he told reporters.
Much of the criticism has been focused on the ‘special voting rights’ that would be given to the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs — Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Oliver Dowden, the UK Culture Minister, who is responsible for sport, said he feared the plans were a power grab by the big clubs and warned of a review of governance of the game if no move was made for COVID-19 relief for the lower leagues.