Move would “harm the greater footballing pyramid for minimal gain”
27 March ~ A petition has been launched to stop the Premier League entering Under-21 teams in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Reports have recently stated that the Premier League are currently in negotiations to allow their youth sides the enter the competition, which is contested solely by teams in League One and League Two.
Arguing against the move, the petition suggests that “Lower league football fans reject the idea that they should have to pay for the failures of the Premier League and FA in terms of youth development”. It goes on: “The introduction of B-Teams into the JPT (or any other competition where club first teams play) harms the greater footballing pyramid for minimal gain.” You can read more details about the petition here.