Boris Johnson criticizes Liverpool and Manchester United plan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday voiced deep concern about Liverpool and Manchester United's broad plan to reshape English football, saying, through a spokesman, that it “discredits confidence in the governance of football. ”. Johnson urged the Premier and the England Football League (EFL) to continue to protect “the entire football family.”

The project would reform the management of the Premier League, giving greater power to the 'Big Six' (Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham).

“It is exactly this type of backstage negotiation that undermines confidence in the governance of football,” lamented the prime minister's official spokesman.

Liverpool and Manchester United intend to reform English competitions from top to bottom to modernize them. From the outset, they propose a Premier League with 18 teams. The League Cup would be abolished in its current format and the Community Shield would be eliminated.

Apart from various economic measures to alleviate the effects of Covid-19, Liverpool and United propose that the approval of new rules should be with the votes of both clubs, plus Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, West Ham and Southampton. Now the measures are approved if 14 Premier clubs vote in favor.

Although an official date is not being considered, it is speculated that the revolution could be introduced from the 2022-2023 season. Liverpool and United hope the other majors will back their plans. Rick Parry, president of the EFL (English Football League), has expressed his support to discuss such measures. The Premier said that these changes would have “a detrimental impact” on football and West Ham, was contrary.