How Covid returned English football’s resources debate to centre stage

Coronavirus has shone an unforgiving spotlight on the game’s structure and inequalities that can be traced back over 30 years

The coronavirus crisis has presented English football with an opportunity to reset its structure and values. But it has been here before.

In 1990, when the top clubs in England were seeking to escape the control of the Football League and create a new competition, they approached the Football Association for their blessing. Without it, they reasoned, any plans for a “Premier League” would be dead in the water.

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