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SHAME on the Premier League – and the soul­less cretin who penned a hec­tor­ing, bul­ly­ing re­tort to frus­trated Ac­cring­ton chair­man Andy Holt.

An­gry at the mil­lions blown on agents fees in the top flight while his own club ex­ists on the bread­line, Holt de­scribed EFL clubs as “starv­ing peas­ants” beg­ging for Premier League scraps.

The re­sponse was a dis­grace. “We will be writ­ing to Mr Holt to ask him if he wishes the Premier League to con­tinue the sup­port we cur­rently pro­vide for his and other clubs in the EFL,” said a state­ment.

Pa­thetic. Mean-spir­ited. Un­pro­fes­sional. Like Don­ald Trump, the Premier League prefers to trum­pet only its self-made suc­cess, not how it grew rich by tram­pling on oth­ers. Dare to point out those un­com­fort­able truths and its ugly, op­pres­sive na­ture emerges.

Yes, the Premier League funds EFL clubs. But it is delu­sional, if not disin­gen­u­ous, to re­gard that cash as char­ity. The bulk of those funds are para­chute pay­ments. And para­chute pay­ments have one, cyn­i­cal, pur­pose: to co­erce Premier League clubs to spend like Johnny Depp at a vine­yard. Rel­e­ga­tion? Don’t worry about that, just go men­tal.

The rest is an at­tempt to re­store the com­pet­i­tive­ness their largesse de­stroyed, much like a drilling com­pany clean­ing up an oil spill.

Even the money di­verted to grass­roots is self-serv­ing in the sense that Premier League acad­e­mies are now a black hole for tal­ent.

Above all, the PL loves to mar­ket it­self as the “most com­pet­i­tive” league in the world. With­out the EFL pro­vid­ing vi­brant new mem­bers, it would be as com­pet­i­tive as a turkey shoot. They should do well to re­mem­ber that.

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