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How Twitter reacted to the ‘Project Big Picture’ proposals

‘Project Big Picture’ has been a major recent talking point in football circles following recent proposals to radically challenge the English game as we know it, a concept pushed by Liverpool and backed by Manchester United dividing opinion.

The proposals include a number of major changes including reducing the number of teams in the Premier League from 20 to 18, as well as abolishing the League Cup and Community Shield.

The reform plans have been backed by the EFL, principally because it is proposed to hand 25 per cent of all revenues from the four divisions combined directly to the Football League, as well as providing a much needed £250 million bailout.

Whilst there are benefits to the proposed changes, the proposals would include controversially handing the Premier League’s biggest sides greater power in influencing major decisions, with plans for the division’s nine longest serving sides to take on ‘long-term shareholder status’.

This would include being able to make decisions and changes with the support of (somewhat suspiciously) six of the nine clubs, with many fearing this is the start of the league’s traditional ‘big six’ taking complete control of the division and potentially the first steps to facilitating a European Super League.

As always the world of Twitter was on hand to react to the latest news, and we’ve taken a look at some of the varied social media reaction:

Whilst there was a general concern of an opportunistic power grab, there were many quick to point out the potential benefits of the proposals.

Whilst others questioned the government’s stance, given their recent pleas for the Premier League to bring financial aid to the pandemic-threatened lower leagues.

It was an assessment that notable names, including Gary Neville, agreed with, the former Manchester United defender and Salford City co-owner urging for the controversial plans not to be dismissed.

Despite the financial benefits for EFL clubs, however, ‘Project Big Picture’ – in the eyes of many – was largely viewed as an attempt to grab further power and control by the game’s elite and their owners.

The Premier League moved quickly to condemn the plans, warning the proposals could have a ‘damaging impact on the whole game’.

Liverpool – whose owners Fenway Sports Group are behind the changes – came under fierce criticism from supporters fearing the worst should the division’s top six assume greater control.

Whilst big backers Manchester United were treated to similar treatment.

The change to a governing body of nine elite clubs and away from the one-club one-vote system would leave the majority of the Premier League in a precarious situation. 

Unless your West Ham or Southampton, of course.

The duo sneaking into a potential power group as the Premier League’s equivalent to a high-school newbie with a hard as nails older brother…

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