Premier League, EFL clubs Teams encouraging the government for an independent regulator. It says in the letter The outcome of the game is uncertain. The fan-led inquiry, which the Government commissioned last year and whose major recommendation was an independent regulator, reportedly had plans to scrap them. Clubs from the EFL andare urging the government to create an independent body.
The government has received letters from 29 clubs pleading with it to move on with its plans for an independent regulator and warning that failure to do so could result in the eradication of clubs from existence. The Government commissioned the fan-led inquiry last year in the wake of the European Super League scandal, and its main proposal was for an independent regulator. A White Paper outlining the regulator’s mandate had been scheduled to be released in the summer, but since that timetable was first established, there have been three Prime Ministers, which has caused delays and uncertainty.
During the Conservative leadership election in the summer, her successor, Rishi Sunak, declared in front of the world that he would carry out all 10 suggestions made by the evaluation conducted by fans. Some football teams, including 15 from Leagues One and Two, have now urged his government to follow through on that promise. Local businesses rely heavily on football clubs, which are at the center of our communities. The letter to Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan warned that failure to act now might result in clubs being eliminated from the map and local businesses and communities being destroyed.
The letter noted Donelan’s speech to the Conservative Party conference in September where she acknowledged the impact of clubs in her constituency and how she could not be happier to serve as Secretary of State in charge of sport at a time when “British sporting excellence is all around us.” Fair Game, a campaign group for football reform, coordinated the letter. Football is amazing, you are correct, but all the wonderful things you listed are in jeopardy, the letter continued. The future of football is in doubt, and the sport is at a turning point. Since the year 2000, more than a third of clubs have entered administration. Additionally, technically speaking, 52% of teams were insolvent in 2020.
Since then, the pandemic has brought clubs to their knees, and the rising cost of living poses a serious threat. We require an independent regulator to save football. Simply put, additional postponement is not in the best interests of football, and more importantly, the communities they serve. We are eagerly awaiting the White Paper on football governance, and we beg you to promise swift passage of legislation establishing a regulator in the next King’s Speech.
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