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Football Governance Bill progresses to committee stage

Last month the Government announced it would launch legislation to introduce an Independent Football Regulator – and that legislation continued its progress through Parliament with its second reading today.

Women’s game: Fans continue to push for change

Last week the Government tabled the long-awaited Football Governance Bill in Parliament – and that legislation will create an independent football regulator.

FSA statement on Nottingham Forest points deduction

Football Supporters’ Association response to today’s (Monday 18th March 2024) Premier League statement that Nottingham Forest will receive an immediate four point deduction for breaching the profitability and sustainability rules:

How soon is imminent? 

When it comes to football regulation the word “imminent” has probably been said hundreds of times by ministers and civil servants in recent years - and an incoming football regulator (aka iREF) is more imminent than ever.

EFL makes strong case for regulator as MPs question football bosses

Premier League CEO Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry appeared today before Parliament’s cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee. MPs quizzed the pair on the need for an independent regulator and the state of football finances.

Reading fans protest outside Parliament

Reading fans have once again made their views known on owner Dai Yongge – the club has been docked points on multiple occasions for failing to pay player wages and didn’t pay all backroom staff their full November salaries. 

Everton: Broken rules, points deduction and fan protests

It’s not often that the international break provides one of the biggest moments in a Premier League season, but last Friday’s news that Everton were going to be docked 10 points for a breach of the profitability and sustainability rules looks set to be the story of the season.

FSA statement on Everton points deduction

Football Supporters’ Association response to today’s (17th November 2023) Premier League statement that Everton will receive an immediate 10-point deduction for a breach of the profitability and sustainability rules:

“We want our Reading back” – crisis club debated in Parliament 

MPs from across the political spectrum yesterday backed the Government’s commitment to an independent football regulator at a Parliamentary debate held by Reading East MP Matt Rodda – whose local club is in crisis mode.

King’s Speech: New laws to safeguard clubs

In April 2021 six clubs from the Premier League attempted to rip up more than a century of tradition by creating a stitched-up European Super League with a handful of other clubs across the continent. 

Everton’s Fan Advisory Board poses questions over 777 takeover

The Everton Fan Advisory Board (FAB) has published a list of questions and concerns raised by supporters regarding the proposed takeover of the club by 777.

Club crises show desperate need for football regulator

We’ve reported a lot on the crises at Southend United and Scunthorpe United in recent times but we are hopeful that a corner has been turned at both clubs in the past few days.

Scunthorpe United shows need for a stronger “fit and proper person test”

Supporters have heard the phrase “Fan-led Review” many, many times now and you might be wondering why it’s still so important, now the immediate threat of the European Super League has receded? 

Government pushes on with commitment to football regulator

The Government has today (Thursday 7th September) published its response to the consultation on the Football Governance White Paper. 

MPs urge Government to bring forward football’s independent regulator

MPs are urging the Government to bring forward its plans for an independent regulator to impose a financial deal on the EFL and Premier League – as the two leagues remain unable to reach a settlement.

FSA Survey: Fans overwhelmingly back independent regulation

Fans overwhelmingly back the introduction of an independent football regulator to ensure their clubs are run sustainably, according to the results of our National Supporters Survey.

Wigan & West Brom: Historic EFL & former-PL clubs in crisis

The ongoing crises at two historic EFL and former-Premier League clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic, has again shown how urgent the need for reform to football’s governance is.

Women’s game review: FSA reps meet Karen Carney

The FSA today (Monday 24th April 2023) led a delegation of supporter representatives for an online evidence session with Karen Carney MBE as part of the Future of Women’s Football review. Former England international Carney is chair of the review which was announced in September 2022.

FSA tells Parliament – don’t let Premier League mark its own homework

Football reform was once again up for debate in Parliament as a whole host of football figures appeared in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee – including Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association.

Government backing isn’t government control – here’s why

Those who hold the power in football argue that the creation of an independent regulator is “state control” – but it’s a misleading argument and entirely cynical in its attempts to weaponise the lack of trust in politics to avoid reform.

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