The Premier League has slammed plans to give nine clubs more of a say in how English football is run.
A radical proposal was revealed today that promised to give more money to the EFL football but also give the nine longest-serving Premier League clubs a greater say on football governance.
The plans would change English football from the top down, with the Community Shield being scrapped and European clubs no longer competing in the EFL Cup.
Responding to the reports, the Premier League said there should be a discussion in how football comes out the other side of the coronavirus crisis.
The league also criticised EFL chairman Rick Parry for backing the plans.
A statement said: “We have seen media reports today regarding a plan to restructure football in this country.
“English football is the world’s most watched, and has a vibrant, dynamic and competitive league structure that drives interest around the globe.
“To maintain this position, it is important that we all work together.
“Both the Premier League and The FA support a wide-ranging discussion on the future of the game, including its competition structures, calendar and overall financing particularly in light of the effects of COVID-19.
“Football has many stakeholders, therefore this work should be carried out through the proper channels enabling all clubs and stakeholders the opportunity to contribute.
“In the Premier League’s view, a number of the individual proposals in the plan published today could have a damaging impact on the whole game and we are disappointed to see that Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, has given his on-the-record support.
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“The Premier League has been working in good faith with its clubs and the EFL to seek a resolution to the requirement for COVID-19 rescue funding.
“This work will continue.”
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