Thursday, September 3, 1998 Published at 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Premiership talks on superleague
Top class football could become a members' only club
Premiership chairmen are meeting in London to discuss the European superleague, and hear from the man behind the £1.25bn plan.
Mr Hecht, who is visiting London and will address the meeting, says it will be "a project with no losers", and he is now "more confident than ever" that the project will go ahead as planned.
But opposition has come from fans, European governing body UEFA, and the English Football Association.
Clubs who join up have been told they will be expelled from the Premiership, and their players will not be picked for the England team.
Meanwhile, supporters are planning their own protests.
"We have talked to the fans and the supporters clubs, we have had a unanimous message: the superleague sucks.
"We will wait and see how the clubs respond.
"If they do not listen to us it will be a display of total contempt for supporters opinions."
Attempt to avoid split
One priority for the Premiership is to avoid a divide between bigger and smaller clubs.
United director Peter Kenyon, who has been leading discussions over superleague for the club, says they have nothing to worry about.
He said the meeting is an opportunity to find out more.
"Our position is listen and be objective about it because we think there are overall benefits to every club.
"There will be transparency, clubs will have a direct input into it, more money will be generated for grass-roots soccer and more Premier League clubs will have the opportunity to get into European competition."
He tried to reassure the other clubs: "The key is that we've got a superb domestic league and we're not going to do anything which weakens that."
Opposition based on 'caricature'
UEFA has set up a task force to investigate changes in its own tournaments to prevent the rival league's formation.
Mr Hecht said the objections are not valid: "The reaction so far has been based on a caricature of the European Football League."
"The reason for that is that the people involved in the project didn't feel in a position to divulge any information until our partners, the clubs, fully understood and supported the concepted.
"Now I'm completely confident we have that support and can continue our dynamic process of creating the league."
Mr Hecht is likely to tell the chairmen today that his competition will be based on the Premiership model, where the clubs own the league, but it is governed by an official body.
In the European league, this would mean UEFA acting in a similar regulatory role to that which the FA currently enjoys with the Premiership.
UEFA has already rejected any form of co-operation.
Mr Hecht also confirmed changes to the plans, which many will see as a watering down.
There would now be two 18-club divisions chosen on sporting merit, although only the lower half would have to qualify each season.
There would also be a knockout 'Pro Cup' involving 96 qualifiers from across Europe.