Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has suggested that the Premier League host an all-star game between the North and South.
All-star matches are common in American sports, with the NBA, MLB and NFL all hosting matches between teams comprised of players from across the league each season. Meanwhile, an all-star team of MLS players has played touring European clubs during pre-season in recent years, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Now, Chelsea chairman Boehly is keen for the Premier League to introduce such a contest, with players from clubs in the north facing those from sides in the south of England.
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He also explained that the money raised by the match should be used to help fund the Football League. Speaking at the SALT Conference in New York City, he stated: "MLB did their all star game this year.
"They made $200m from a Monday and a Tuesday, you could do a North vs South all-star game from the Premier League to fund the pyramid very easily."
There is currently plenty of debate with regards to how the Premier League can support the Football League, with negotiations ongoing over a new funding package for the Championship, League One and League Two.
However, fans are not convinced by his plans, with one responding by tweeting: “How about you f*** off, Todd?” Another also added: “No thanks Yankee.”
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Meanwhile, another wrote: “Are you serious? QUIT BRINGING AMERICAN SPORTS CULTURE INTO ENGLAND.”
Some fans are open to the idea, though, including one supporter who tweeted: “Todd might have something for us. It’s ridiculous how the PL haven’t bought this idea yet. It would be marketed to unbelievable levels.”
It is not just Boehly's calls for an all-star game that have seen him mocked on social media after his appearance at the SALT Conference.
He was also mocked after claiming that Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne were both products of Chelsea's academy, despite signing them both when they were in their twenties.
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