Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has defended the organisation’s current COVID-19 bail-out offer for English Football League (EFL) teams, saying “scarce resources” among elite clubs is a reason for deadlock over the funding package.

The EFL, which represents the three divisions below the Premier League, last month rejected a 50 million pounds ($65.66 million) offer from the top flight for League One and League Two clubs saying it wanted a deal which covered all of its teams.

Although the Premier League’s initial offer was for third and fourth-tier clubs, last week the shareholders added that they were willing to support any Championship (second-tier) club facing financial strain amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Our offer goes to the issue of ‘need’ rather than ‘want,’ and…

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