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Johnson commits Government to “root and branch” review of game’s governance

Following the collapse of the European Superleague, the Prime Minister reasserted the Government’s committment to a fan-led review of football governance.

The six Premier League clubs involved in the plot for a breakaway European Superleague all withdrew within hours of each other on Tuesday following a national backlash against the plans.

Manchester City were the first club to pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw. The other four English sides – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotpsur – then followed suit late last night.

Earlier in the week Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said they would be bringing forward the launch of its promised fan-led review. Dowden told the Commons that the Superleague threat left the Government with no other option than to act. The fan-led review will be chaired by Tracey Crouch MP who was sports minister from 2015-17.

Today the Prime Minister, at Prime Minister’s Questions, said the fan-led review would be wide-ranging, promising a “root and branch” review of game’s governance.

He told the Commons: “I think that one of the most worrying features about the European Super League proposals is that they would have taken clubs that take their names from great, famous British towns and cities, English towns and cities, and turned them just into global brands with no relation to the fans, to the communities that gave them life and that give them the most love and support.

“And that was in my view totally wrong, to say nothing of the lack of competition.

“And it’s entirely right that Tracey Crouch will do a root and branch investigation into the governance of football and into what we can do to promote the role of fans in that governance.”

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