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Panel announced for fan-led review of football

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the full membership of the panel for the fan-led review of football governance, to be chaired by Tracey Crouch MP.

  • The panel features the FSA’s chief executive Kevin Miles – see all members here.
  • You can see the panel’s full Terms of Reference here.

The panel was chosen by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport but the FSA has had significant input into its Terms of Reference and the process for how the panel will carry out its work.

A series of online events are scheduled with all FSA-affiliates and associates at every level of the game being given an opportunity to present their ideas and experiences to the panel.

That will largely be organised by league, while a separate session for community-owned clubs is planned. In addition those clubs with especially relevant recent experience of governance problems will also be given special opportunities to present to the panel.

The first meeting of the panel is scheduled for Monday 24th May with the first fans’ session taking place on Tuesday 25th May. Those events will continue throughout June and the FSA will publish a full timetable once we have shared further information with our member groups.

The panel is an advisory panel and the final report will be the chair’s report which will be written after taking evidence from hundreds of fans and supporters’ groups.

An interim report is planned for July while the final report has been scheduled for October. 

What does the FSA think?

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today this morning, the FSA’s Kevin Miles, said:

I’m very optimistic that we have a once in a generation opportunity to reset the finance and regulation of football. The panel is an advisory panel to the chair and it will be the chair’s report so we’re not being asked to find something that everyone on the panel can sign up to.

It’s my job to make sure the fans’ voice is heard in the first panel session. In the following evidence sessions there is no doubt in my mind that there is going to be a loud and clear voice heard from supporters at every level of the game – right through the pyramid from the Premier League down to the national game, the women’s game and supporter-owned clubs.

If the ESL proposals proved anything it was that football cannot be relied upon to regulate itself. Regulation has to be independent of the financial interests that are leeching off the game.

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