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What is English football’s ‘Project Big Picture’ and who stands to benefit?

Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United are behind plans for English football reform

LONDON – New proposals backed by Liverpool and Manchester United for wide-ranging reform of English football have been criticised by the UK government, Premier League and fans’ groups.

The so-called “Project Big Picture” has been labelled a “power grab” by the Premier League’s biggest and wealthiest clubs, taking advantage of the dire financial position of the English Football League (EFL) — which comprises the three divisions directly beneath the top flight — amid the coronavirus crisis.

But many in the EFL, including chairman Rick Parry, back the plan as a means of addressing the imbalance in resources between the top and bottom of the football pyramid.

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