‘Premier League is a disgrace to English football,’ blasts Accrington chief

Date published: Tuesday 9th May 2017 3:55

Accrington chairman Andy Holt has launched a scathing attack on the Premier League over the size of contracts paid to top-flight players and their agents.

Newspaper reports claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic is paid over £350,000 per week by Manchester United, and that agent Mino Raiola pocketed £41million from the deal that brought Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.

In a series of furious tweets, Holt repeatedly accused the Premier League of “destroying the game” by allowing such wealth to accumulate at its top end.

Holt tweeted: “Hang your heads in shame @premierleague you are an absolute disgrace to English football.”

He continued: “… your largesse is ruining the pyramid and @England national team…. your largesse should be the focus of fans fury. You’re destroying the game, not ‘rogue’ owners.”

Holt sought to draw a stark comparison between the fee reportedly paid to Pogba’s agent and the annual budget at League Two club Stanley, which he said is almost 20 times smaller.

Holt added: “We run our club with less than this… £2.2m THIS is the problem with the English game.

“The cash paid to this agent is almost double the funding for the all @EFL @SkyBetLeagueTwo clubs put together. WAKE UP @premierleague.

“The @EFL is like a starving peasant begging for scraps off your table @premierleague. Owners might ruin clubs, you’re destroying the game.

“Bodies involved in football are disparate… [governing bodies] have own interests to look out for not the health of the game.”

The Premier League could not immediately be reached for comment.

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