The perspective of a government legislating to impose an independent regulator on England 's most popular and successful sport has come closer than ever after being recommended by Tracey Crouch, chair of " fan- conducted a review on governance difficulties of the game.
Former conservative sports minister, Crouch made the recommendation in a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden , outlining preliminary findings after collecting testimonies from many fan groups, leagues, many clubs and the like, including German fan groups. She pledged that her 'expert panel' would do further work before producing more recommendations on some of football's structural challenges, in particular the huge financial gap between the Premier League and the rest. .
Stating the need for independent regulation, Crouch hasrecognized the "many strengths" of English football, as well as its appointing its first female president ", improved governance in county AF and invested in the base.
"There is something to celebrate and to be proud of," said his letter. However, describing the flaws in the game, Crouch wrote: "Short-lived data threat from European Super League jeopardized the future of the English football pyramid. Although this threat has receded - for the time being - the dangers facing many clubs across the country are very real with their precarious future and in most cases dependent on willpower. and the continued ability of owners to finance large losses.
"When this is compounded by poor financial controls, reckless behavior by owners and reluctance by authorities to intervene, the results are clear - like the spells [financial meltdowns] of Bury and Macclesfield . Historic and highly regarded clubsseparate. Loyal supporters are deprived and communities decimated. "
Interim recommendations to help resolve some of these failures include granting a vote of club "golden share " to a group of supporters "heritage" issues, including ground movement and changes to club badges, colors and competitions. Such changes are rare, however, and the The proposal currently falls short of real fan involvement in the management of their clubs, although the letter says the panel will "explore measures to impose greater fan engagement ".
Avoiding making firm proposals on the extremely unequal sharing of its income through gambling, describing it as "one of the most difficult issues ", the letter also said that further work would be done on the issue of Premiers.The League's parachute payments for relegated clubs, and have strongly urged the Premier League and EFL themselves to "work together to seek a viable and workable solution". The payouts cushion the relegation blow through the gambling pit, but also seriously distort the finances of the championship. EFL President Rick Parry has publicly described the system as "an evil that must be eradicated.
The letter Interim Crouch was, however, already cabinet on the need for an independent regulator, stating: "I have publicly stated that there is a strong case for a new independent regulator, and I have no I have heard no evidence that has dissuaded me from this opinion. "
The Football Supporters Association , including General Manager Kevin Miles, is a member of Crouch's panel, called the recommendation "particularly welcome" and the other proposals "extremely encouraging.
However, there will be concerns that the proposed mandate for the regulator seems limited to ted, to the detailed application of financial and governance rules for individual clubs, rather than leading a more progressive global view of the game.
Fair Game , a group of 20 clubs, including fan-owned "phoenix " Bury AFC and fan-owned League One AFC Wimbledon, cautioned, claiming that if the need for an independent regulator is "unquestionable ", the letter "misses the mark when it comes to football's financial problems ", and recommendations should go further.
Dowden suggests in response that the government would consider implementing the final recommendations, expected in the fall.
"We have seen this year with the failure of the European Super League proposals and of Euro 2020 how central football is in our national life, ”he said. “ I have been clear that now is the time to take a closer look. wide on game reform. I will not hesitate to take bold action if necessary. "
The Premier League, the FA and the EFL have, however, always resisted independent regulation, and could do so again if the government proposes such a historic intervention.