Campbell calls for soccer shake-up

Pacemaker Press 24/8/10 DUP's Gregory Campbell arrives to Claudy Villlage  for the report into a bomb where 9 people died in a car bomb in 1972 , Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson published a report into the bombing   Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/8/10 DUP's Gregory Campbell arrives to Claudy Villlage for the report into a bomb where 9 people died in a car bomb in 1972 , Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson published a report into the bombing Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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East Derry MP Gregory Campbell has called for a radical shake-up of how major football competitions area organised in order to give smaller teams a boost.

The DUP politicians is calling on football authorities to investigate the possibility of setting up a UK-wide competition to regenerate cup competitions.

Mr Campbell, an ardent Glasgow Rangers supporter, said the winner of his proposed new competition should be given automatic entry into the Champions League.

He has tabled an Early Day Motion on his proposal and said that he had already received support from other MPs.

“I’ve had a few football fans, particularly English fans based in Northern Ireland, and MPs talking to me about this,” he said.

Mr Campbell also said the new competition would be attractive to large and smaller teams.

“A UK cup would attract teams from all over and give smaller teams some chance of making progress,” he said,

He also explained that, if adopted, the new competition could see hugely popular teams like Manchester United coming to the North to take own smaller teams such as Coleraine.

Such a move, he argued, would give the local teams an excellent opportunity to increase their coffers through gate receipts.

As well as benefiting smaller teams with the prospect of financial gains, Mr Campbell also said the incentive of automatic entry to the Champions League for the winner and entry to the Europa League fir the runner up would be attractive to the larger teams.

The DUP man also suggested that four teams from the North should be allowed to play in the new competition, possibly the top three teams in the Premiership and the winner of the Irish Cup.

His Early Day Motion in the Commons also calls for the football authorities in the UK to work in co-operation with UEFA towards a “radical review” of the sport.