BRUCE BUCK has risked a Europe-wide backlash by claiming Chelsea should not be “dumbed down” to join “the great unwashed”.
The Blues chairman says Uefa’s plans to close the gap between elite clubs and the rest will backfire.
In hammering Financial Fair Play, Buck said: “Clubs have to seek their natural position in the football order.
“I am not in favour of dumbing down the large clubs in order to make all clubs the great unwashed.
“They’ve done that in the US over the last 20 years and its been to the detriment. I just don’t think it works for the long term.
“I don’t think we should assume because every club is not equal that it’s bad.
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“For the development of football, marquee clubs and players are important.
“The dream in England is if you support a Conference team that some day you’ll win the Premier League. Financial Fair Play has pluses and minuses — and one of the minuses is that dream is now over.”
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said in May that money “threatens the competitive balance that is essential to football’s appeal”. He vowed to “fight tooth and nail to introduce measures that restore some balance”.
Apart from Blackburn in 1995 and Leicester in 2016, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have won every Premier League title since its 1992-93 inception.