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Proposals ‘laced with bribes’ – MP


PROJECT Big Picture proposals were “laced with bribes” to EFL clubs, according to an MP who has called for a parliament­ary debate about the future of football.

The proposals for a dramatic reshaping of English football became public knowledge on October 11 but within three days had been formally rejected by the Premier League.

PBP had been developed by Liverpool and Manchester United and was criticised as an attempted ‘power grab’.

Ian Mearns, the Labour MP for Gateshead and chair of the All-Party Parliament­ary Group for Football Supporters, said in the House of Commons yesterday: “Last week we saw England’s six richest clubs put forward a disgracefu­l proposal to restructur­e the league laced with bribes to EFL clubs, many of which are in extreme financial duress, in order to secure their agreement.

“Thankfully these proposals were rejected, but the hares are running. So can we have a statement from the Secretary of State for DCMS and a debate in Government time about the future of our national game, which is in the heart of millions in our country?”

Jacob Rees-Mogg responded on behalf of the Government: “I must confess that the detailed workings of the Football League is beyond my remit and realm of knowledge. Had he asked about the County Championsh­ip, I would have been better placed to answer. However, I think he should ask his own committee for this debate as it would be very well subscribed and a matter of great interest to many.”

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