Premier League WILL bail out struggling League One and League Two clubs with £50m

The 20 Premier League clubs met on Wednesday to discuss the controversial Project Big Picture plans, which were put forward... Read more...Source: Mail Online (Footbal)

Premier League WILL bail out struggling League One and League Two clubs with £50m

The Premier League has announced that League One and League Two clubs will be bailed out with £50m in grants and interest-free loans, but Championship clubs will miss out.

The 20 Premier League clubs met on Wednesday via video conference to discuss the controversial Project Big Picture plans, which were put forward by Liverpool and Manchester United last weekend. But the 20 clubs swiftly rejected the proposals and instead agreed to a widespread strategy review and also gave the green light to a new bailout offer to the EFL after their opening attempt was rejected.  And it was agreed among top flight clubs that they would make available a rescue package to help League One and League Two clubs as they risk going out of business as a result of financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, a statement by the Premier League outlined that the rescue package was for the bottom two divisions in the EFL, meaning the Championship clubs will miss out on the cash injection. The reasoning behind this was that, in the top flight's view, League One and League Two clubs have been more seriously impacted by the lack of matchday revenue caused by behind-closed-doors games. 'At today's meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020-21 season,' a statement from the Premier League read.

'League One and League Two clubs rely more heavily on matchday revenue and have fewer resources at their disposal than Championship or Premier League clubs and are therefore more at risk, especially at a time when fans are excluded from attending matches.' The statement went onto outline that the renewed offer will consist of grants and interest-loan fees totalling £50m. The Premier League had given £27.2m of solidarity payments to League One and League Two earlier this year.

The Premier League added that discussions as to how to financially support Championship clubs will continue. 

The EFL rejected the Premier League's initial £150million rescue package - a £40m grant and £110m loan dependent on a series of conditions. The lower divisions would have had to give top-flight clubs control of the calendar, their spending levels and post-Brexit work-permit arrangements, as well as scrapping the League Cup and accepting there will be no promotion from the Championship in the event of curtailment unless 75 per cent of fixtures have been completed. The EFL have been seeking a bailout from the Premier League to help them cope with the Covid-19 crisis since May, when a rescue package was made mandatory if the Government was to support Project Restart.