English soccer reforms labeled as 'power grab'
Radical reforms proposed by some of the richest teams in English football run the risk of disconnecting the sport's most important players from the field.
Project Big Picture is led by Liverpool's American owners Fenway Sports Group with the support of the Florida-based Manchester United owners, the Glazer family.
The key to the proposals that could give the biggest clubs more power is to reduce the number of teams competing in the Premier League from 20 to 18.
The minister who oversees the sport in the UK said Monday he feared the plan would be a takeover by the leading teams.
And even the English Premier League itself said in a statement that some proposals "could have detrimental effects on the whole game".
It also expressed disappointment that the plan was publicly supported by the English Football League, which controls the three leagues under the major league.
Under the new plan, the Football League will receive 25% of Premier League revenues and a $ 326 million rescue fund to help with immediate financial difficulties.
The so-called "Big Six" Premier League clubs are also campaigning for "special voting rights" and proposals are approved, the changes could take effect from the 2022/23 season.
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