UEFA may have staved off the threat of a Super League, but its plan to shake up European football could have devastating effects for domestic leagues

As English football struggles with the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Premier League’s biggest clubs offered to ride to the rescue last October.

Under the terms of ‘Project Big Picture’, the Premier League’s nine longest-serving members would be granted special voting status in exchange for an EFL bail-out and a one-off payment to the Football Association (FA).

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) described the offer as “a sugar-coated cyanide pill”: it may have looked and tasted sweet but it ultimately would have resulted in the death of the English game as we know it.

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