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Man City chief Soriano blasted by lower league clubs over B team suggestion

England's lower league clubs have blasted Manchester City chief exec Ferran Soriano for suggesting B teams be introduced to the Football League.

Soriano made the suggestion, along with the elimination of the League Cup, in a Leaders in Sport's online forum.

In response, Tranmere Rovers vice-chairman Nicola Palios tweeted: "I would rather not accept any financial assistance from the @premierleague than agree to B Teams in the pyramid. The pyramid in the UK is something we must fight to protect #saynotoBteams."

While, Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony offered a much more concise opinion, confidently predicting that B teams would never be introduced to the EFL.

He posted: "It wont [happen]. He is talking f------ nonsense."

Finally Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt posted a number of tweets on the subject, including: "No B teams under any circumstances in our pyramid. No negotiations. NO B TEAMS."

In other tweets, Holt said Soriano's suggestion would 'destroy clubs', adding: "They have no duty of care over anyone other than themselves.

"Yet in 2020 we are here with Ferrari [Soriano] saying we need B teams (as did Pep) and others putting increasing conditionality on any bailout. They will not do the right thing without extracting maximum benefit for themselves. They aren't bailing us out. We're selling them changes to the @EFL and pyramid under duress because our backs are against the wall. This is an abuse of power. They have NO DUTY OF CARE but they have all the power. And that is poor, very poor."

Holt also laid the blame for inequalities in the football pyramid at the feet of the wealthier clubs like City, saying: "The pyramid is not sustainable because of his club and other clubs like his. Now he suggests digging deeper down a hole as the solution."


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