Smaller English clubs will die without reform, warns Arsene Wenger

Updated: 14 October, 2020 08:57 IST | AFP | London

The money certainly has to be shared, the income of the top clubs has to be shared a fraction more with the smaller clubs.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned that smaller clubs will die without urgent action to safeguard the future of the lower leagues as proposals for a major reform of English football have caused division and rancour. The controversial Project Big Picture plan put forward by Liverpool and Manchester United has been branded a power grab for attempting to change voting structures in the Premier League in favour of the big six clubs, also including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.

However, the proposals would provide the English Football League (EFL) with a much-needed injection of £250 million (Rs 2,378 cr) to ease the COVID-19 crisis and allocate 25 percent of future broadcasting revenues down through the pyramid.

"If nothing happens, the smaller clubs will die," Wenger, now FIFA's chief of global football development, told Sky Sports. "I don't think that one payment will sort out the problem. The problem is much deeper than that. The money certainly has to be shared, the income of the top clubs has to be shared a fraction more with the smaller clubs."

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First Published: 14 October, 2020 08:20 IST

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