Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has slammed proposals to apply a transfer tax to Premier League deals.
As part of the government's fan-led review into English football, spearheaded by Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, Wednesday's published report presented a number of measures to address some of the issues facing the football pyramid in this country, with one of the key points being a proposed 10 per cent tax on Premier League transfers.
That money, the report suggested, would be used to filter down the pyramid into the EFL and grassroots football to try and aid the financial perils that exist in English football's lower leagues.
The report claimed that had the levy existed over the past five years then an estimated £160m per season could have been raised to be funnelled down to the lower leagues.
But Purslow, current Aston Villa CEO who had served as managing director of the Reds until 2010, playing a part in facilitating the takeover of the club by Fenway Sports Group from Tom Hicks and George Gillett, was damning of the plans, believing that a 'swingeing tax' such as the one proposed would be detrimental to the Premier League and its ability to compete with the biggest leagues in Europe, as well as being off-putting to future investors.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Purslow said: "The fact of the matter is that we are operating in a global industry, and when I say we I do mean fundamentally the Premier League.
"So, any of these measures that look or feel like windfall taxes on the Premier League disadvantages that league with its competitors who are not Championship clubs, League One clubs or League Two clubs, it's competitors are top clubs in Europe.
"The golden goose here is the Premier League. It is a hugely successful commercial operation generating revenues and profits throughout English football that are used to fund the rest of the game.
"Be careful about measures that sound in the short term like they might fix a problem but in reality in the long term will make the Premier League less attractive to investing, less profitable, less capable of generating funds for the rest of the league and making Premier League clubs disadvantaged vis-à-vis their European competitors is a crazy idea.
"It's a swingeing tax. Huge sums of money are already being made available by the Premier League down the rest of the pyramid.
"You cannot have unilateral policies applied in the UK that are not applied in the rest of Europe. You are therefore disadvantaging those clubs against those competitors."
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Over the last five years, had a tax been applied, then Liverpool would have paid some £36m in transfer tax on transfer receivables in the past five years.
Crouch, who led the review, has argued that the proposals that are included, along with other ideas such as a 'golden share' or fan veto for supporters to make sure that they are able to determine major decisions related to club traditions, such as joining a breakaway league or leaving a stadium, that the measures proposed for adoption in the report would not act as a deterrent to investment into the Premier League.
"I don't believe that anything I have recommended in this report would deter investors from operating in English football," she told the BBC.
"If anything I think it would encourage investment as it would have more regulation in place."