Hatters deny voting for Premier League B teams to enter JPT

Luton Town
Luton Town

Luton Town have denied they have agreed to vote in favour of Premier League B teams being introduced into the Football League Trophy.

A story on the BBC website claimed minutes from an AFC Wimbledon Supporters’ Trust meeting reveal the Dons were the only club out of 48 League One and League Two sides to oppose the proposal.

However, a statement on the Hatters’ official website said: “We can confirm that Luton Town has not voted to allow ‘B’ teams in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy contrary to what has been reported.

“Rather, at February’s meeting the Football League board sought approval from its member clubs to explore the notion of the inclusion of elite development players into the competition at some stage in the future which we felt would be imprudent not to support to given the potential supplementary advantages this may also introduce.

“Together with the 71 Football League clubs, we are expecting a full proposal for us to vote upon at a point in the future. We understand more of these proposals we intend to consult our usual stakeholders in order to help establish how we may finally intend to vote.

“However, a primary consideration within our decision either way would be to ensure that this does not pave the way for ‘B’ teams to be introduced into the existing football pyramid structure which we value so highly. To put things into simple terms: Luton Town remain vehemently against League 3.”