Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has said “it’s a disgrace” that Project Restart doesn’t include any provision for financial support for EFL clubs like Leeds United.
Writing in his column in the Sun, Jordan said that fans could be excluded from stadiums for a long time and that could see many EFL clubs at risk of going under.
“It is a disgrace it [Project Restart] doesn’t involve any support for the beleaguered 71 EFL clubs but I guess that’s an ugly, elitist reality,” Jordan said.
“Huge disparity between Premier League and EFL revenues means the average top-flight club receives as much for 90 minutes of football in TV monies as a Championship team gets for an entire 46-game season.
“It [Project Restart] should also include a support package for 71 equally important clubs and sets of fans outside the Premier League where they are facing Armageddon.”
The outspoken talkSPORT pundit is spot-on here.
Huddersfield owner Phil Hodgkinson has warned of up to 60 of the 71 EFL clubs going under if they have to play in front of empty stadiums next season.
He claims the whole fabric of the football pyramid – essential to the English game – is in danger.
Gary Neville has made the same point about the huge disparity in TV money between clubs in the Premier League and the Championship.
He used Leeds, top of the Championship, and Norwich, bottom of the Premier League, to make his point.
Leeds have almost escaped the EFL after 16 years in the wilderness. If they secure promotion then they will unlock the riches of the Premier League.
If not, players will be sold and budgets will be reset at Leeds. And if no fans are allowed back in Elland Road in the 20/21 season, it could spell financial disaster.
Jordan is right – the Premier League’s decision to snub Leeds and the other 70 EFL clubs is a disgrace.
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