England's lower league clubs reject Premier League aid

Lower-division clubs reject Premier League bailout | The State

Wednesday's meeting did however produce an agreement from The Premier League to offer a rescue package of £50 million, or $64.6 million, to third and fourth tier English league clubs.

"While I represent Crystal Palace around the table I'm acutely aware we are also a proxy for the 72 English Football League clubs and we have a duty of care to the game in everything we do", Parish said.

The EFL clubs will discuss the offer at divisional meetings on Thursday afternoon, but are minded to reject it initially as they claim it is insufficient and are unhappy that the Championship clubs have been excluded.

The offer from the Premier League was a combination of grants and interest-free loans aimed at helping clubs as they struggle with a lack of matchday revenue caused by restrictions due to COVID-19.

"While EFL clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of GBP50 million falls some way short of this".

The EFL said it wanted to continue discussions with the Premier League in search of an "agreeable solution" and more long-term solutions.

'Despite Rick's actions on a number of matters which have deliberately created division and put in jeopardy a much-needed rescue package for EFL clubs, the Premier League today gained Club approval for an offer for League One and League Two clubs'.

The "Project Big Picture" proposals would have seen an increase in funds for the 72 clubs in the Football League, but also include special voting rights for the biggest clubs in the Premier League and a reduction of teams in the top flight from 20 to 18.

Their manifesto, titled "Saving Our Beautiful Game", comes at the end of another week of governance and political turmoil within the English professional game following the failure of the Manchester United and Liverpool-led "Project Big Picture" that would have handed power to the big six Premier League clubs in return for a £250 million covid-bailout of English Football League clubs.

That proposal was opposed by the Football Association and therefore the United Kingdom government also as supporters groups then the Premier League clubs themselves.

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