Redditch MP welcomes Independent Football Regulator, putting fans’ voices front and centre - The Redditch Standard

Redditch MP welcomes Independent Football Regulator, putting fans’ voices front and centre

Redditch Editorial 3rd Apr, 2024   0

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has said she welcomes the creation of an Independent Football Regulator.

The Football Governance Bill plans to create the Independent Football Regulator following a number of threats to the game that have arisen without fan consultation.

These have included club relocations, the creation of the European Super League and drastic alterations to the identity of clubs which have threatened their heritage.

The regulator will be given comprehensive powers to work with clubs to improve their finances, create stronger tests for proposed club owners and safeguard clubs’ heritage by delivering greater fan representation in club decisions.

The regulator will also be responsible for overseeing requests by club owners to sell the club or relocate the stadium and introduce baseline standards for fan involvement in key off-field decisions such as club heritage.

Mrs Maclean said: “We’re putting fans first by ensuring they are better represented through the creation of the Independent Football Regulator which will bolster clubs’ financial security, protect the heritage of our clubs and represent fans at all levels.

“The Government is sticking to its long-term plan for fans, creating a brighter future for fans and our beloved local clubs.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Football has long been one of our greatest sources of national pride. Up and down the country, it brings people together in celebration or commiseration.

“But 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.

“This Bill is a historic moment for football fans – it will make sure their voices are front and centre, prevent a breakaway league, protect the financial sustainability of clubs, and protect the heritage of our clubs big and small.”

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