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Government: Football needs an independent regulator to secure the game’s future

Football governance was debated in the House of Lords yesterday and the Government once again gave its backing to an independent regulator, via its representative in the second chamber.

The response followed a question by Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Lab) who asked whether legislation to establish an independent regulator in football would be included in the upcoming Queen’s Speech.

Conservative life peer Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) agreed that “football requires a strong, independent regulator to secure the future of our national game.” 

He continued: “We are working swiftly to consider the recommendations of the Fan-led Review and to determine the most effective way to deliver an independent regulator.”

Lord Faulkner’s point was supported by a number of other peers who recognised the need for legislation to protect clubs, share income more equitably and put communities at the heart of their clubs. You can see all of their contributions here.

How can fans help? Do your bit…

Supporters should contact their MP and ask their MP to show their backing for the Fan-led Review by writing to Nadine Dorries, the secretary of state for DCMS. MPs should ask the minister for a firm commitment that legislation supporting the full implementation of the Fan-led Review will definitely be in the Queen’s Speech. Everyone can make a difference by showing their support for the review.

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