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Football Regulator

Post by en passant » Tue Mar 19, 2024 8:42 am

The news this morning mentions that the Football Governance Bill is to be introduced in Parliament today. The Bill will create a regulation body independent from the football authorities and government to oversee clubs in the top five tiers of English football. Rishi Sunak has said that "for too long some clubs have been abused by unscrupulous owners who get away with financial mismanagement, which at worst can lead to complete collapse - as we saw in the upsetting cases of Bury and Macclesfield Town" The regulator will have powers for three core objectives: improving the financial stability of clubs, ensuring financial resilience across the leagues and safeguarding England's football heritage. It appears that it will be involved in ensuring a fairer distribution of monies from the Premier League to the lower levels, and will require clubs to consult their fans on key off-field decisions. This move is the government's response to the review of football by former sports minister Tracey Crouch who has said that "football fans can begin to breath a sigh of relief in the knowledge that the next steps towards protecting the long term sustainability of the pyramid have now been taken."

Doubts have been raised by both the existing vested interests in the Premier League and by grass roots supporter groups that the regulator will have either too much or too little power to make a difference.

The most notable thing, from a non-league viewpoint is that the regulator's powers end at the Football League. So what of the protection and promotion of financial benefits to non-league football? Does the government believe that lower level football is unworthy of the same levels of protection that they intend to grant to the Football League?

For those who think that clubs at our level should aim for a sugar daddy owner, this could be their big chance if the dodgy owners are flushed out of the Football League and come looking for a fresh neck to bite in the National League.

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Re: Football Regulator

Post by Lawman3 » Tue Mar 19, 2024 9:29 am

There are a lot of grand words in the announcement, but it remains to be seen whether the regulator will have teeth. Football clubs at the top level tend to be impervious to regulation, have all the power and money, and will, I imagine, continue to act in the same way.

It’s a welcome move in the right direction, but we’ll see how effective it is when the time comes to challenge the wealthier clubs.
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Re: Football Regulator

Post by spen666 » Tue Mar 19, 2024 9:34 am

!. Will this bill get through Parliament and become law before the general election? - it will be a tight squeeze for it to get enough Parliamentary time in both Houses to get Royal Assent before the Election. If not, it will go back to start again under a new Parliament, and is unlikely sadly to be a priority for any new government

2. As I understand it, even if it becomes law, the Premier League are likely to challenge in the courts the powers of a regulator to take money from the clubs who have earned it (via the Sky deal) and give it to clubs who have not earned it.

It could be a long time before the powers of a regulator are settled in law, as opposed to the wording of the Bill/Act

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Re: Football Regulator

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Tue Mar 19, 2024 1:28 pm

en passant wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2024 8:42 am
The Bill will create a regulation body independent from the football authorities and government to oversee clubs in the top five tiers of English football.
en passant wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2024 8:42 am
The most notable thing, from a non-league viewpoint is that the regulator's powers end at the Football League.

There seems to be a contradiction here.
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Re: Football Regulator

Post by spen666 » Tue Mar 19, 2024 2:50 pm

theoriginalfatcat wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2024 1:28 pm
en passant wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2024 8:42 am
The Bill will create a regulation body independent from the football authorities and government to oversee clubs in the top five tiers of English football.
en passant wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2024 8:42 am
The most notable thing, from a non-league viewpoint is that the regulator's powers end at the Football League.

There seems to be a contradiction here.

you've uncovered the new plan for a breakaway league by the so called big 6?

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