Premier League clubs face calls to help EFL sides as financial problems mount

Premier League chiefs are coming under increasing pressure to give more financial support to EFL clubs.

The 20 top flight clubs meet on Thursday with a renewed call to help with League One and Two struggling in particular because of the impact of the coronavirus impact.

Premier League bosses have already advanced funds of £125m but some EFL clubs remain hopeful that there could be more cash to help fund a bail out.

The Premier League declined to comment but the EFL are facing difficulties over the Carabao Cup with top flight clubs in European competition preparing to field under-23 teams in the competition.

EFL sides want more cash from rich Premier League clubs

EFL owners had a meeting with chairman Rick Parry last Thursday with the Carabao Cup dates yet to be confirmed but they were pushing hard for financial support.

The Carabao Cup TV deal could be affected if big clubs do not field their first teams and dates are yet to confirmed but clubs in Europe could be given a staggered start in the Premier League.

There have been warnings from several League One and Two clubs that a number of teams will face financial ruin unless supporters return and there is still no clear sign when crowds will be allowed back.

Premier League bosses will discuss at their meeting possible trials for fans to be allowed back in for pre-season games with the hope still remaining that crowds can start attending games from October 1, despite recent setbacks.

The Carabao Cup TV deal could be affected next season

The 20 clubs – including newly promoted Fulham – will vote on whether to allow five substitutes next season as well as discussing potential guidelines for curtailment for next season should there be a second wave of the pandemic.

The five subs rule is likely to be tight as it was voted through by 16-4 last time with several smaller clubs of the view it has unfairly helped the big guns during Project Restart.

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