Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News he was “quite skeptical” of the plan – proposed by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and backed by Manchester United – as he tried to make “backroom deals”.
He warned that he should “examine the underlying governance of football” if the controversial candidacy – under the banner of Project overview – went ahead.
It includes proposals to expel two teams from the Premier League, remove the League Cup and the community shield and abolish the principle of one club, one vote.
The plan may prove attractive to English Football League (EFL) teams – those in the Championship, League One and League Two – as they would get 25% of all Premier League and League income. ‘EFL, with a £ 250million advance made available early to help. during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rick Parry, EFL chairman and former Liverpool chief executive, has already praised the plan, which was revealed on Sunday.
“It would produce long term sustainability for all of our clubs,” he said.
“It would narrow the gap between the league and the Premier League.
“It would abolish parachute payments, which would create a major imbalance within the championship. In addition, there is a short term immediate relief package. ”
Talks are said to be underway between the remaining ‘big six’ Premier League clubs – Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea – to try to convince them.
But in the Kay Burley program, Mr Dowden, whose government record includes sports, was asked whether the plan would protect small clubs or simply be a takeover by the bigger ones.
“I’m afraid it’s the latter and I’m quite skeptical about it,” he said.
“There is a lot of money in the Premier League. Just look at the last transfer window, over £ 1billion – I think that’s more than the next four biggest leagues in Europe put together – was spent in that window.
“There is money in sport. They should come together to fix the problem.
“I’m afraid that if we continue to have these backstage deals and all these other things, we will have to look at the underlying governance of football. “
Mr Dowden said the Tories had promised a fan-led review of football governance and that “the events I have seen in recent weeks have made this even more urgent”.
He added: “I’m sure a lot of fans who watch this show will be concerned about some things that are going on and wonder why can’t this sport pull itself together” – should I say at Premier League level and of the EFL. – in order to help themselves. ”
And the Premier League was negative as well, saying several parts of the plan “could have a bad impact on the whole game”.
He said in a statement on Sunday: “The Premier League has worked in good faith with its clubs and the EFL to seek a resolution to the requirement to COVID-19[feminine[feminine rescue funding. This work will continue. “