Scrapping relegation would kill English game - Whelan
Dave Whelan has stated he would pull Wigan out of the Premier League if promotion and relegation were scrapped.
On Monday, League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan said some American and Asian owners of top-flight sides were
keen on a franchising model.
"If it was to happen I would resign Wigan from the Premier League and go back and play in the Football League," the Wigan chairman told talkSPORT.
PREMIER LEAGUE FOREIGN OWNERS
Aston Villa (Randy Lerner)
Blackburn (Venky's Group)
Chelsea (Roman Abramovich)
Fulham (Mohamed Al Fayed)
Liverpool (Fenway Sports Group)
Manchester United (Glazer family)
Manchester City (Sheikh Mansour)
Sunderland (Ellis Short)
QPR (Tony Fernandes)
*Arsenal's Stan Kroenke is major shareholder
"It's the most stupid suggestion I've ever heard in my life."
The idea has also been described as "suicide" by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
For Premier League promotion and relegation to be abolished, two thirds of the league's clubs would have to vote in favour of the move. The league's rules say Football Association permission would also be required.
Whelan said: "It's a worrying thought that if we get 14 or 15 foreign owners [in the Premier League], they come up with some mad idea and it gets voted through.
"It's got to be competitive, every club has got to have that ambition to get to the Premier League, that's why our league is so good. It's an appalling suggestion. It would ruin and kill English football."
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.