Brighton chairman Dick Knight believes Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez's proposal for reserve teams to play in the Football League is "insulting".
Benitez believes the current reserves set-up in football is not beneficial to the youngsters and wants changes.
Knight said: "He's insulting Football League's history and stature.
"It's up to the Premier League clubs and the Academy bosses to sort out a reserve league which is competitive. The Academy system is very haphazard."
Knight added: "I've got great admiration for Rafa but this idea just shows the increasing gulf between the top clubs and the lower division clubs like mine who have been around for 106 years and shouldn't have to be insulted like this.
"The fact Rafa has the gall to suggest this is the same reason clubs like his are allowed to permission move from a 45,000-seater stadium to one that holds 65,000 straight away and a club like ours doesn't have a home and has been waiting 11 years to be allowed one."