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Premier League to remain 20-club competition

The Premier League will remain a 20-club competition for the foreseeable future, says chief executive Richard Masters.

As part of the rejected ‘Project Big Picture’, it was suggested reducingthe number of teams in the top-flight from 20 to 18 and the scrapping of the EFL Cup and Community Shield.

But peaking at the Business of Football summit, when asked about the chances of those proposals being introduced, Masters replied: “As part of the strategic review, if you are taking a ten-year view of things, everything should be discussed.

“At the moment we’re halfway through this cycle. We have been a 20-team league and have been since 1995. That is the favoured model across Europe, apart from the Bundesliga. They have an 18-club league and a different model to ours.

“The English football calendar is jam-packed with excellent exciting football. It’s something you come to along the journey. At the moment and for the foreseeable future, the Premier League is a 20-club competition.”

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