Football League shake-up: Bosses pitch idea for 5th division, Celtic and Rangers to join?

Adding: “Fans and clubs have both suffered, in varying degrees, as a result of competition organisers having to move games to meet essential broadcasting requirements, increasing the move away from the traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off time.

“Also midweek fixtures are often played at a distance and the crowds are usually well below the average.”

But Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn hit out at the plans, insisting the reduction in fixtures would hit smaller clubs.

“We’ve had this structure for years because it has suited the majority of clubs, so why change it?” said Lawn

“What they don’t understand is that currently we have 23 home games. We need the crowds.

“Losing four home games means we lose four incomes. It’s not so bad for us but for teams like Accrington and York that’s a lot of money. It’s ridiculous.

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