Fans of Premier League Big Six turning back on own clubs for Project Big Picture

Fans of the 'big six' have turned on their own clubs in a bid to block them from approving "Project Big Picture".

Football's civil war worsened when supporters of Liverpool, Manchester United, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham accused the top flight giants of keeping them in the dark.

The game has been left stunned following revelations EFL chairman Rick Parry has joined forces with Liverpool and United to cook up proposals to overhaul the game.

The plans include reducing the top flight to 18 clubs, handing all the voting power to the top flight's 'big six' and providing the EFL clubs with a £250m rescue package to save them from going bankrupt due to Covid-19.

But opposition against the plans is mounting fast, with fans issuing a joint statement insisting the proposals have to be blocked.

The statement said: "While the six clubs we support are widely reported to be the instigators of "Project Big Picture", it is important we state very clearly that we do not support the proposals in their current form.

"The Premier League has rightly said that all stakeholders should be involved in discussions about the future of the game. And yet supporters have not had the courtesy of any communication or consultation about these plans before they were published.

"We are totally opposed to concentrating power in the hands of six billionaire owners and departing from the one club, one vote and collective ethos of the Premier League.

"This part of the proposal must be dropped immediately. We call on the Government and football authorities to now work urgently to secure a sustainable future for all clubs. Fans are the lifeblood of the game. We need to be heard as soon as possible."

Parry chaired an EFL board meeting yesterday in a bid to garner some much needed support – but a huge number of league clubs remain strongly against his proposals.

FA chairman Greg Clarke has urged football bosses to unite and stop falling out – in a desperate bid to save the national sport from ripping itself apart.

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Clarke also warned that the FA had "substantial controls" it could bring into use if it felt any proposal was put forward that was not in the best interests of the game – and that any breakaway competition would not be sanctioned by the organisation.

He said: "English football is the world's most watched, and has a vibrant, dynamic and competitive league structure that drives interest around the globe. To maintain this position, it is important that we all work together.

"In these difficult times unity, transparency and common purpose must override the interests of the few."

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