Crouch calls for independent regulator to ‘protect the future’ of game


racey Crouch MP has called for English football to introduce an independent regulator and a golden share for supporters as part of the her preliminary findings into the fan-led review of football governance.

Crouch has been working with a panel on the review, which includes Roy Hodgson, and they have heard over 100 hours of oral evidence from fan groups, leagues, the FA, clubs at every level of the pyramid and many more.

The panel have also received over 70 documents of written evidence and conducted a survey which closes on Thursday, but which has already had 16,000 responses.

Crouch has now published the preliminary findings of the review in an open letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. The final recommendations will be released in the autumn.

Key to Crouch’s finding was her belief that a new independent regulator for English football is needed.

“I have stated publicly that there is a strong case for a new independent regulator, and I have heard nothing in evidence that has dissuaded me from this view,” she wrote.

The regulator would focus on elements such as cost controls, real time financial monitoring, minimum governance requirements and revised separate tests for owners and directors of clubs on an initial and ongoing basis.

It would not, however, cover ‘football issues’, such as the running of league competitions, video technology and Wembley Stadium, for example.

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