The gap widens between poor and rich of English football

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  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003

LONDON: The chairman of the English Football League, Brian Mawhinney, warned on Monday that the financial gulf between it and the Premiership was “extremely serious” and growing. 

Mawhinney delivered his verdict to the final session of the British government's All Party Football Group inquiry into football finance. 

The members of parliament will use his evidence and information from other football authorities to produce a report on the state of the game to be published in January next year. 

“The financial gap between the Premiership and Division One is extremely serious and made worse by the introduction of the transfer window,” Mawhinney said. 

“And the wording of the new TV deal will lead to richer clubs becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer. The money gap across football will increase rather than decrease.” 

Many of the 72 teams in the Football League were left fighting for survival following the collapse last year of the ITV Digital broadcaster, which forced the League to re-negotiate a contract which pays clubs a fraction of the fees under the previous deal. – AFP 

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