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FA chief targets top-flight cash

Lord Triesman
Labour peer Triesman is a Tottenham supporter

Football Association chairman Lord Triesman wants more Premier League cash to reach the Football League.

The Premier League's current deal with broadcasters earns them more than 2.3bn over three years but only 90m of that goes to Football League clubs.

"There needs to be a greater equality of resources available to individual clubs," he told the FT Sport Summit.

Triesman has also backed plans to restrict the movement of under-18 players between countries.

Uefa president Michel Platini has proposed the idea in the past and Triesman said: "Restricting the trade of under-18s is well-worth considering."

Triesman's comments come less than a month after he infuriated league chiefs by calling for a limit on club debts.

One of the things that concerns me a great deal is the financial frailty as you go further down the pyramid

FA chairman Lord Triesman

And although the Premier League is paying 30m-a-year over the next three years to the Football League, including parachute payments to the three relegated clubs, Triesman wants more parity.

He said: "The Premier League, to its credit, does distribute money but it is only a degree of equalisation.

"You could imagine greater solidarity payments between different parts of the system.

"One of the things that concerns me a great deal is the financial frailty as you go further down the pyramid through many clubs which are integral to their towns."

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BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener
Triesman also believes Platini's proposals on stopping the transfer of under-18s between clubs in different countries will benefit English clubs.

"We still don't bring enough young English players through to the top of the game," he continued.

"I believe we do need to restrict the trading of under-18 players and their movement around.

"If it can be accommodated in European law, it is well worth considering.

"Is it okay for youngsters to be simply traded around the world? Is that desirable either for them, or the clubs who could lose them too easily?"

The Premier League believes the proposals are unworkable because they contravene current European Union labour laws and would, for example, have prevented Arsenal signing Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas when he was 16.

Asked about Triesman's thoughts, Premier League communications director Dan Johnson said: "We are always happy to have a conversation."

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