A BOLTON MP has called on Premier League clubs to stop ‘fighting among themselves’ over who most deserves money from overseas TV deals and pass on some of the profits to children across the country.

This week the country’s six richest clubs — Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea — argued that they should receive a greater share of revenue based on their recognition around the world. Talks between clubs fell apart when it became clear there was no consensus.

Sir David Crausby, says that this should re-open the conversation about the contribution the wealthy league gives back to football at the grassroots level.

The Bolton North East MP said: “Children can benefit enormously from taking part in football. It’s great exercise, teaches important life skills like team work, and helps to build friendships.

“Sadly, I’ve heard so many stories about ordinary families unable to pay rising subs, poor quality pitches and an absence of decent changing facilities and I don’t want to see children denied the chance to take part in organised sport.

“At the same time the clubs we all love to watch are fighting amongst themselves over who is entitled to billions of pounds that will surely go to inflating players’ wages even more. The gap between the top of football and the bottom is staggering.”

Sir David has written to the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, to ask the Government to strike a new deal to support grassroots football.