England League Cup

Premier League's $6M to Scudamore blocks any move to rival

LONDON (AP) English Premier League clubs agreed on Thursday to give departing executive chairman Richard Scudamore 5 million pounds ($6 million) over three years despite a public backlash.

The Football Supporters' Federation urged clubs not to give him the money after news of the planned farewell payment leaked, branding the move "hugely unpopular."

The league justified the payout to retain Scudamore as an adviser to prevent him taking his knowledge to a rival, saying it ensured "the best possible protection" of the competition.