English soccer bosses must face MPs for lack of a rescue operation for the EFL
English football leaders will face MPs next week for not currently agreeing a coronavirus bailout package for the EFL. Project Big Picture is also being examined.
Richard Masters, Chief Executive of the Premier League, Rick Parry, Chairman of the EFL, and Greg Clarke, Chief Executive of the Football Association, received a call outside the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee (DCMS) next Tuesday.
The government has insisted that the Premier League provide financial support to the EFL, pointing out that this aid was one of the conditions for giving the green light to Project Restart in the summer of the 2019-20 season behind closed doors has been recorded .
Julian Knight, the Conservative MP from Solihull, chairman of the DCMS committee, agrees that football has to help itself.
"It is a very unbearable sight to see other sports come together to find a way through this crisis," Knight told Sky Sports News.
"Football has just had a transfer window that has spent £ 1.2 billion. We have 12-15 EFL clubs in the emergency room, so to speak, in a situation that could drown them out."
"And after looking into the aftermath of Bury and seeing it down the church, honestly I'm not really ready to stand by and at least not do anything about it.
"You've been given a lot of space, a lot of time. I know they're talking now, and I'd like to think that for the past two weeks while we organized this meeting that may have focused some minds. Let's hope it did .
"You never know, they might be about to put a deal together and then we can look into that deal in committee. Hopefully that will be the case.
"But the truth is that football in this country has long felt that the governance and the way many of the frontrunners run their businesses and their approach to fans and fans." to the base of the game wasn't right.
"The Covid crisis has just put that into focus, so we're looking forward to the meeting, and I would imagine – to coin a current sentence – it would be a pretty good box office!"
He added: "It seems deeply troubling when you have a situation where you have a £ 9 billion deal at the top of the game and then you go down soccer boys who equal Gareth a weekly wage, Bale, and I will Gareth Bale does not single out in this regard.
"At this point in time the game seems incredibly badly placed and I don't want to blame any of these institutions. I'm coming to the session openly, I'm very interested." hear what they have to say.
"Hopefully they come up with a plan that would be absolutely fantastic. The only shame is it takes so long to get them together. Other sports have plans put together in a much faster time."
EFL clubs were particularly hard hit by the loss of matchday revenue due to the pandemic, but turned down a £ 50million offer for Premier League first and second division teams consisting of grants and loans, saying it did was "somehow fallen" short of what was required.
The Premier League says the offer remains on the table, ready to deal with any club in a financial crisis.
Parry previously stated that EFL clubs need a £ 250m bailout to take into account the lost revenue from last season and the current campaign.
Steve Curwood, EFL board member, told PA news agency on Wednesday that a board meeting on Thursday would review a new £ 30 million emergency loan facility from the Premier League for championship clubs.
In connection with the earlier offer, however, it "barely touched the sides" and as part of the "Save Our Clubs" campaign, it was up to the government to intervene and provide assistance.
Knight said, "If the EFL is going to come up to the committee and make the argument that the government and the taxpayers – don't forget that we borrow £ 36 billion a month, which is what we spend that." Defense every year – if they come and want to bring this argument to the MPs, good luck to them. "
The committee will also take the opportunity to ask those responsible for the game about their suggestions for the bigger picture.
These were first revealed last month and would have represented the most significant changes to the English football pyramid since the Premier League was founded in 1992 if they had been implemented.
Parry publicly supported the proposals developed by Liverpool and Manchester United. Measures such as an immediate £ 250m bailout for EFL clubs and a 25 percent stake in future Premier League media revenues were welcomed by many, but the plans were also aimed at putting power in the hands of the big six Focus on clubs of the top tier.
The Big Picture project has been described as a "sugar-coated cyanide pill" by the Football Supporters' Association, while Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden derided it as a "distraction at best" and asked Parry to do so in a committee hearing ignore "latest gasp" and focus on rescue talks with the Premier League.
Clarke's presence on the committee is filled with questions about his role in Project Big Picture.
He told the FA council last month that he had been involved in early discussions but walked away in the spring when "the main goal was the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of some clubs with an outlier
League discussed as a threat ".
A number of reports suggest that Clarke was much more centrally involved.
Knight said, "I want to find out how it came about, how it came about, who supports it, who doesn't support it, why they support it, why they don't support it. What was the role?" of the three bodies that stand before us, and were there any virtues in them?
"I understand what it looked like a power grab, but small elements like more distribution of TV revenue in the game, I thought was a good idea."