MEP on the ball

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SUGGESTIONS that relegation from football’s Premier League should be scrapped has provoked an angry response from Belper’s MEP.

East Midlands representative Emma McClarkin said: “All sport is about hope and aspiration. If you take away that goal, the tournament would lose its competitive edge and dishearten millions of fans.”

Her statement came after claims foreign owners of some Premier League clubs wanted to introduce a franchise system.