According to The Telegraph via Metro, Liverpool and Manchester United are driving plans to overhaul the Premier League in a shake-up that would dramatically alter the domestic game.
In return for bailing out the Football League with a £250million rescue package, the two clubs – who anticipate the support of Chelsea and the rest of the big six – reportedly want to change a host of rules.
Chief among the changes is the plan to reduce the number of teams in the Premier League from 20 to 18.
There would still be two automatic promotion places for Championship clubs, but the third, fourth and fifth placed teams would enter a play-off tournament with the side who finishes 16th in the Premier League – something which already happens in Germany.
Liverpool and Manchester United are also pushing for the League Cup to be scrapped with the aim of reducing the number of games teams to have to play.
The plan also proposes for the Community Shield to be scrapped.
As part of the plans, parachute payments for relegated teams would be scrapped with 25% of Premier League revenue being shared across the entire EFL – something the Football League clubs are open to, particularly with the promise of an up-front £250m bail-out package.
Currently, votes from 14 out of 20 Premier League clubs are needed to rule changes in the Premier League but the proposed plan by Liverpool and Manchester United also want to change this.
A new Premier League voting will see nine clubs have ‘long-term shareholder status’ clubs – which is the big six plus Everton, Southampton and West Ham – given more power; the votes of just six of these clubs would be needed to make rule changes, rather than the current 14 out of 20 sides.
Another part of the plans would see the introduction of a ‘fan charter’ whereby away tickets would be capped at £20, with travel subsidised, and a push to allow safe standing at stadiums, while there would also be dramatic changes to the loan system.