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FSA response to Government’s football regulator plans

Almost two years ago six clubs from the Premier League tried to smash more than a century of footballing tradition by forming an invitation-only European Super League.

Such was the backlash from supporters across the country that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur eventually backed out of the plot.

The Government then started its Fan-led Review of Football Governance and invited all of football to commit to the process, which was chaired by Tracey Crouch MP.

The FSA engaged enthusiastically, producing detailed evidence and ensuring 130+ of our member supporter organisations, across all levels, appeared in front of the review.

This Government White Paper flows from the review – a review during which all of football had an opportunity to participate.

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said:

“The FSA engaged in the Fan-led review from day one and we warmly welcome the historic commitment from the Government to introduce an independent regulator of English football.

“The football governance white paper clearly addresses our key concerns around ownership, rogue competitions and sustainability and of course we support any proposals that offer fans a greater voice in the running of their clubs.

“We look forward to engaging with the Government on the next steps.”

What do others say?

  • Prime minister Rishi Sunak“These bold new plans will put fans back at the heart of football, protect the rich heritage and traditions of our much-loved clubs and safeguard the beautiful game for future generations.” More from the Government…
  • EFL – “The Fan Led Review White Paper represents a once in a generation opportunity that must be seized to address the systemic issues that football has been unable to sort itself over the last 30 years.” More from the EFL here… 
  • Premier League – “The publication of this White Paper is a significant moment for English football. The Premier League and its clubs will now carefully consider the Government’s plan for England to become the first major nation to make football a government-regulated industry. ” More from the Premier League here…
  • The FA – “We welcome the publication of the White Paper today, and its commitment to improving the financial sustainability and governance of professional clubs.” More from the FA here…

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