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FSA response: Independent Football Regulator

Football Supporters’ Association response to Government announcement that it will today (Tuesday 19th March) launch legislation to introduce an Independent Football Regulator.

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said:

“We welcome the proposal to introduce an independent regulator – it’s something the FSA and our supporters’ groups have argued in favour of for many, many years.

“It is now 1,066 days since greedy owners tried to form the breakaway European Super League which highlighted the need for an independent regulator to rein in the biggest clubs.

“There’s been nothing since then to suggest that the Premier League is able to regulate itself while its clubs have had years to agree a financial settlement which works for the entire game. They’ve repeatedly failed to reach an agreement.

“We’ll look at the Bill in great detail in the coming days and work with supportive MPs and Peers if amendments are needed to strengthen legislation. 

“That work starts this evening with a cross-party meeting organised by the FSA in Parliament which will be attended by many MPs including the sports minister.

“The FSA warmly welcomes the tabling – at last! – of the Football Governance Bill arising from the 2021 Fan Led Review, and particularly its central proposal to introduce statutory independent regulation of the game.

“The regulator provides a means to intervene and stop clubs being run into the ground, protect the heritage of clubs, give supporters a much bigger voice in the running of the game, and prevent any chance of domestic clubs joining a breakaway European Super League.

“The regulator must be given the power to impose a financial settlement in the interests of the sustainability of the game as a whole; it’s far too important to be left to the squabbling between the vested interests of the richest club owners.”

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