Revealed: Liverpool, Manchester United Threatened to Leave the EPL and Form Their Own Big-six League
The Chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Clarke, threatened to break out of the English Primes League and start his own league, Liverpool and Manchester United.
The two Premier League giants stated that the aim of the project was to radically reform English football, with proposals including the top-flight being reduced to 18 teams and the EFL Cup and Community Shield being scrapped.
According to FA chief Clarke who released a letter on Wednesday October 14, he was actually involved in the talls known as ‘Project Big Picture’, but he decided to walk away earlier this year when it became clear the proposals were nothing more than a power grab from England’s biggest clubs.
In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke claims ‘the principal aim of these discussions became the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few clubs, with a breakaway league mooted as a threat’.
He added: “I, of course, discontinued my involvement and counselled a more consensus-based approach involving all Premier League clubs and its chair and CEO. Our game needs to continually seek to improve but benefits need to be shared.”
Project Big picture also got the backing of EFL chairman Rick Parry, with the proposals including an immediate £250million bailout for clubs in his competition starved of matchday income by the coronavirus pandemic and a promised 25 per cent share of future Premier League broadcast revenue.
But the proposals have been criticized as football experts believe the plans will concentrate power in the hands of the Premier League big six, including over broadcast arrangements, club ownership and composition of the league’s board.
Clarke warned that the FA had ‘substantial controls’ it could bring to bear if it felt any proposal was put forward that ran counter to the interests of the game, and that any breakaway competition would not be sanctioned by the FA.