Football League could refuse entry to relegated Premier League clubs in parachute payments row

A plan to bar the three clubs relegated from the Premier League from entering the Football League next season has been discussed by clubs angry at the large parachute payments the trio will receive, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The three teams that drop out of the Premier League will receive £60m in parachute payments, a figure that the Mirror claims has led some Championship clubs to fear it will be “impossible” to compete with the sides entering the second tier.

In comparison, the rest of the Championship clubs will receive only £2.3m in what are called “solidarity payments”, substantially less than the parachute payments given to the ex-Premier League clubs from this summer – but more than the division’s television deal provides.

League One clubs are to receive £360,000 while League Two sides get £240,000, increases on last summer but not enough to soothe the anger felt by some. The proposal of blocking entry to the Championship came from an unnamed party representing a League Two club and, though not well received by the rest of the Football League, the Mirror says it is symptomatic of the depth of feeling over the issue.

An annual meeting of the Football League’s chairmen is to take place next month and what action to take will be discussed then. Thus far, the plan of revised solidarity payments has not been confirmed as the Football League has not signed up to the idea.

As it stands, the three teams who would receive the £60m windfall – intended to soften the loss of television money and other sources of income the top flight provides – would be Reading, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic.

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