Leeds chief Angus Kinnear has blasted rivals Manchester United and Liverpool for their “treacherous” Project Big Picture.
Kinnear tore into United and Liverpool’s proposal for a slimmed-down Premier League, concentrating more power in the hands of the big clubs, branding it “a Faustian pact that would have made Machiavelli blush”.
The Leeds MD was delighted it was killed at birth when the clubs, the FA, fans and Government united to oppose it.
Writing in his programme notes for Monday’s defeat to Wolves, Kinnear said: “This week, followers of football politics will have revelled in the particularly colourful publication of Project Big Picture.
“Fortunately for the domestic game, if the press reports are to be believed, a Faustian pact that would have made Machiavelli blush was as transparent as it was treacherous.
“Hence, one of the most unedifying episodes in the glorious history of the Premier League was suitably short lived as The FA, Football Supporters Association and (in a rare moment of clarity) the Government joined all 20 clubs in the Premier League in unanimously denouncing the plan.”
Kinnear also took aim at the Government over their ridiculous coronavirus restrictions which ban fans at EFL and Championship games, but allow supporters to see Arsene Wenger inside a London theatre.
Kinnear feels this is nonsense and called on the Government to allow fans back into games before lower-league clubs go bust.
“The Government must play its part and not persist in their discriminating in their treatment of football in favour of other comparable industries,” he wrote.
“The safe and phased return of crowds is key to all levels of our game, but particularly to the lower leagues (many of whom normally operate below capacity naturally facilitating a proportion of the required social distancing).
“The Government needs to quickly rationalise how the indoor London Palladium can be 50 per cent full for an ‘Evening with Arsene Wenger’, but the same number of people can’t be outdoors in the stadium he inspired which is 26 times bigger.”