Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s description of the Big Picture project as a ‘disgrace’ has angered executives of the Big Six clubs, who privately claim he is guilty of hypocrisy.
The Italian’s intervention last weekend, in which he condemned Liverpool and Manchester United for their “devious” machinations, further exposed the divisions in the top flight as there is considerable resentment among the top elite. ‘to have been lectured by a club that was only promoted last. summer.
The Big Six believe their longevity in the Premier League and their contribution to the huge growth in the value of their overseas TV rights deserve to be recognized with greater influence on the course of the competition. This led to the proposal to grant nine clubs the “long-term shareholder status” contained in the PBP.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has been privately accused of hypocrisy by Big Six club bosses
Although widely criticized by clubs last week, the issue of governance reform has been included in the Premier League’s strategic review and Radrizzani’s intervention could embolden big clubs even more.
“Leeds have made four Premier League appearances in 16 years, so it’s hard to be lectured by their owner,” a source said. Sports messaging.
“Given that they’ve spent most of the last 20 years in the EFL, is it fair that they have the same say as the clubs that have made the Premier League the greatest in the world? “
Radrizzani is accused of hypocrisy because, when Leeds was in the league, he offered to create Premier League 2 in defiance of the wishes of the Premier League, the EFL and the FA.
Liverpool owner John W Henry (pictured left) helped craft the controversial reshuffle plans
Manchester United owner Joel Glazer had also been an architect in the radical proposals
Radrizzani has offered to create Premier League 2 and has also been leading league breakaway talks
In addition, he was a leading figure in secret discussions held by championship clubs about a breakaway two years ago, which led 15 of them to write a letter to the board of directors of the ‘EFL threatening to go it alone if the competition’s television contract is not renegotiated.
Radrizzani was the first Premier League owner to criticize the Big Picture project. “What happened is a shame, and for many reasons,” he told The Times.
Karren Brady and Steve Parish, of West Ham and Crystal Palace respectively, offered more measured reviews of the plans this weekend.