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Parliamentary football group calls on Government to deliver reform

The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters has written to the new secretary of state responsible for football urging the Government to deliver on the recommendations of the Fan-led Review.

Ian Mearns MP has called on Michelle Donelan – now head of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – to deliver an independent regulator in football as a matter of urgency.

Mearns’ letter follows on from an event in Parliament marking the one year anniversary of the publication of the Fan-led Review’s findings. At that event sports minister Stuart Andrew said football governance reform was his “number one priority.”

“Football clubs are much more than businesses,” Mearns said. “They are not commodities to be traded and risked, they are often pillars in the communities in which they sit; many having been part of their towns and cities for over a century.

“It is therefore clear that an independent regulator is essential to safeguard the future of football in the UK; a recommendation which has cross-party support.”

Back in May a proposal for the prospective independent regulator for football was included in the Queen’s Speech – which was welcomed by the FSA at the time as another step towards fixing football governance.

“As a long time football supporter myself,” Mearns wrote. “I urge you to bring forward the promised white paper and commit to the implementation of all of the proposals set out in the Fan-Led Review of Football Governance.”

Mearns also invited the new secretary of state to a future meeting of the APPG for Football Supporters – to which the FSA is secretariat – to discuss the implementation of the Fan-led Review’s key recommendations.

“Many of our members across both Houses of Parliament are keen to support the Government with the implementation of the changes urgently required,” he said.

Further reading

A new report by Tracey Crouch MP, chair of the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, shows how football would benefit from its recommendations – which have still not been implemented 12 months on.

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