Fan-led Review of Football Governance
Fan-led Review of Football Governance

Thank you for contacting me about the Fan-led Review of Football Governance. As a member of the Parliamentary women’s football team, this is a matter I am particularly concerned about.

I have long supported taking action to fix football.

I agree that Football governance in England is broken and this is unfortunately not a new thing. We urgently need the changes recommended in the fan-led review.

In particular, I very much support the recommendation of an independent regulator to fix the problems in football. I am delighted that this is the report’s key recommendation, although I would like to see a bit more fan involvement in this regulator. Just as the Football Association is recommended to have observer status on the board of the independent regulator, I believe the Football Supporters’ Association should too.

I am concerned the hedge fund owners and billionaires who treat football clubs like any other commodity have no care for the history of football, for the role it plays in villages, towns and cities up and down the country, and especially for the fans at the beating heart of it. I am therefore disappointed that the Government did not act swiftly in undertaking this review.

The Government now says it is moving at pace to make sure the fan-led review is implemented, and that is has accepted its key principles. It states that legislation will be required. I believe the Government must bring forward this legislation soon in 2022 and commit to accepting all of the recommendations in what was a very thorough review.

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