Independent Football Regulator Backed After Fan Led Review

Tracey Crouch is “extremely confident” that the fan-led review will get the government legislation it requires to force through an independent regulator for football. The mood within the sport is a bit more mixed, albeit cautiously optimistic, and that also relates to the content of the review itself.

Even though the 162-page document represents the English game’s response to what it describes as the “existential threat” of the Super League and Covid-19, it isn’t exactly Das Kapital. Stakeholders within the game insist it doesn’t need to be.

A number of bodies, led by the Football Supporters Association (FSA) – who were centrally involved in discussions – have declared themselves pleased with it. There is an encouraging unity in the game, that the fans groups are willing to push. They believe that alone is a necessity to aid legislation.

One of the few dissenting voices came from Power to Change, which backs greater community ownership. Their CEO, Vidhya Alakeson, describes it as a “disappointing missed opportunity”. The view from those like the FSA is that it merely opens the door for more opportunities for the future.

“We wouldn't want this to be the end of the journey,” Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the FSA, explains. “I set four tests. One, would it make it less likely that we’d see the collapse of clubs. Second, would it improve finances. Third, would it stop a Super League. Four, does it increase fan engagement. I would say it passes all four tests.

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“It is a pretty important step. If I could paraphrase Neil Armstrong, it’s a small step for government, a giant leap for football fans.”

Tracey Crouch ‘extremely confident’ fan-led review will force through independent football regulator

Source:The Independent

Tracey Crouch ‘extremely confident’ fan-led review will force through independent football regulator

Independent regulator that could transform English football is backed by Government after MP Tracey Crouchs fan-led review, with Premier League told to agree a new funding ...

Source:Daily Mail on MSN.com

Independent regulator that could transform English football is backed by Government after MP Tracey Crouchs fan-led review, with Premier League told to agree a new funding ...

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Source:Sky

Fan-led review says football needs independent regulator to reset relationship with supporters