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Football governance: EFL writes to DCMS Committee on parachute payments

19 April 2023

EFL chairman Rick Parry has written to the DCMS Committee to highlight independent research that demonstrates how football clubs receiving parachute payments after relegation from the Premier League are three times more likely than other teams to get promoted back from the Championship.

The correspondence follows an appearance before the committee last month by Mr Parry, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and Chair of the FA Debbie Hewitt. During the meeting, Mr Masters claimed that despite the financial support provided to relegated clubs, the Championship is the most competitive league in Europe.

Chair's comment

Julian Knight MP, Chair of the DCMS Committee, said: “This study gives the lie to any suggestion from the Premier League that parachute payments are not having a distorting effect on competition for those trying to reach the top flight’s promised land. The current financial arrangements amount to the big clubs shutting the door on those below. The Premier League must commit to working to find a fairer solution to safeguard the health and sustainability of the game.”

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