Tottenham and Liverpool eligible for over £150m in rebates for stadium upgrades under latest ‘Project Big Picture’ proposal with Premier League clubs contributing into a central fund for new stands and grounds
- Latest iteration of controversial ‘Project Big Picture’ plans includes stadium fund
- Premier League clubs would contribute £150m per year into a central pot
- Long-serving top-flight clubs planning stadium upgrades could draw on money
- Retrospective rebates would see likes of Spurs, Liverpool and Brighton benefit
- Spurs would be entitled to £125m back on their £1bn new stadium
- Liverpool could get a £30m rebate for redesign of their main stand at Anfield
Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton would be among major beneficiaries of a stadium development fund under ‘Project Big Picture’ proposals.
Spurs would be entitled to a £125m rebate on their modern £1billion stadium which opened in 2019.
And Liverpool could get £30m back on their recently-renovated main stand at Anfield under the controversial proposals.
Tottenham would be entitled to £125million of the £1billion cost of their stadium back under the latest proposals of the controversial ‘Project Big Picture’
Liverpool would also be able to claim money back for work on their main stand at Anfield
The Daily Telegraph report that a clause in the latest iteration of the ‘Project Big Picture’ plans allows leading Premier League clubs to claim major subsidies for stadium improvements.
The ‘infrastructure funds’ section would see Premier League clubs set aside £150m per year from central funds for this purpose.
Clubs would be entitled to claim up to £250m of subsidies in what are being termed ‘assistance payments’ towards improving existing stands or even building a new ground.
The only caveat is that they have been a Premier League club for 12 of the last 15 years.
However, a maximum of £150m would be available in grants for those who have been in the top-flight for eight of the last 10 years and a maximum of £100m for those who have enjoyed Premier League status for the four previous years.
Brighton would be able to claim back a smaller rebate for their Amex Stadium project
Under the plans, Everton would be able to claim a chunky contribution towards their new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock
As well as Spurs and Liverpool, Manchester City would be entitled to retrospectively claim 25 per cent for their £50m development of the south stand at the Etihad Stadium in 2015.
Brighton would also be able to claim some cashback on their £90m Amex Stadium development completed in 2011.
Everton could potentially be able to claim back £250m towards their proposed £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The proposal reads: ‘Any club which has an eligible project that was completed in the last ten years … and with a minimum spend of £50 million per project receives 50 per cent of the assistant payments they would be eligible to receive under this program for 15 years (eg Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City and Brighton) resulting in a total of 25 per cent of the capital improvement.’
Liverpool (pictured) and Manchester United are behind plans for a huge top-flight shake-up
The EFL Cup, won last season by Manchester City, could be scrapped as part of the proposals
Likewise the Community Shield, won by Arsenal back in August, could also be removed
The Project Big Picture plans are now reportedly on their 18th rewrite having been met with an enormous backlash from Premier League clubs and many outside the top-flight on Sunday.
The blueprint for the future of English football was drawn up by Liverpool and Manchester United, gaining the support of EFL chief Rick Parry.
But critics, including the Premier League itself and a number of other top-flight clubs, have slammed the proposals, saying it will consolidate power in the hands of the established Big Six clubs.
The Big Six and three other established Premier League clubs – West Ham, Everton and Southampton – would be afforded a special status and enhanced voting rights on big decisions.
The number of teams in the league would be reduced from 20 to 18, with the EFL Cup and FA Community Shield scrapped.
Top clubs would be able to take a much greater control over broadcasting rights, allowing them to screen in-game highlights on their own digital platforms.
In return, the EFL would receive a £250m bailout now to prevent clubs going to the wall amid the Covid-19 pandemic plus 25 per cent of future profits. The Football Association would also receive a £100m grant.
Everton and West Ham (pictured), as well as Southampton, would be involved in the decisions
Rick Parry, the EFL chairman, has been heavily involved in the secret talks up to this point
The Government moved to condemn the plans, with a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying they would ‘undermine the trust in football’s governance.’
‘In terms of support for clubs we have been given assurances by the Premier League and English Football League that they have no intention to let any EFL club go bust due to covid and we know they have the means to prevent that from happening within existing mechanisms.
‘We strongly urge the Premier League and EFL to continue to work constructively to come up with a package of support for the whole football family.’
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