England once again gave the signal that there are more important things than winning or losing. At a particularly critical time for clubs, the government has released a document that includes ten measures to revolutionize football from the bottom of the pyramid to the top.
The reorganization of the way clubs are run began a year ago, following a series of crises, including the Berry bankruptcy, the bankruptcy of Derby County and the failure of the European Premier League project.
In recent months, the threat of Chelsea’s collapse, brought on by the restrictions imposed on Roman Abramovich, has increased the urgency to move forward with a project that was already under construction.
So Boris Johnson’s government presented to the House of Commons a document prepared by the Committee on Football Reform, a committee chaired by former minister Tracy Crouch that was precisely the concerns of its supporters.
Now the document will be used as the basis for the diploma, which the government wants to complete by the summer, and which will legislate on obligations in club management. Along the way, the government itself will be given the possibility to punish those who don’t stick to the rules.
The ten actions launched by the English Football Reform Commission are:
- To ensure the long-term sustainability of football, the government should establish a new independent regulatory body for English football.
- To ensure the financial sustainability of football, the independent regulator must oversee the financial regulation of clubs.
- Tests for entry of new owners and managers into clubs should be created by the independent regulator, to replace the three existing tests now and ensure that only good owners and qualified managers can fill these essential positions.
- Football needs a new approach to corporate governance to support the long-term sustainable future of the game
- Football needs to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within clubs by adhering to action plans that are regularly evaluated by the independent regulator.
- As an exceptionally important stakeholder, fans must be consulted by their clubs in making important decisions through the direction of the shadows.
- Football clubs are a vital part of local communities and, in recognition of this, there must be special protection for key elements of the club’s heritage.
- It is critical to the long-term health of football that fair distributions are made. The Premier League must ensure its support for the hierarchy and make additional and proportionate contributions to further support the clubs in the lower divisions.
- Women’s football should be treated equally and have its own review.
- The well-being of players who leave the game is a pressing issue and needs better protection – especially at a young age.
Essentially, according to the government, there are three main pillars of this reform: the creation of a strong and independent regulator backed by the force of law capable of ensuring the financial sustainability of all English football, the need for the unscrupulous, through integrity and solvency tests, and finally the need to give fans a voice in running their clubs .
Boris Johnson has also pledged to invest 270 million euros in the development of football, by improving youth football fields.
“Football unites friends, families and communities, which is why we are moving forward with fan-led plans to secure the future of our national game: we will invest 270 million euros to raise the level of youth football and we will work to strengthen the voice of their fans in managing their clubs”, justified the Prime Minister.
The government, in a statement, said the financial oversight would be carried out primarily by sporting entities, with the independent regulator acting as a supervisor to ensure compliance with good practices should they fail.
“If there was one good thing that came out of the idea of the Europa League, it was this.”
Reactions to this announcement by the British government were generally enthusiastic.
Adam Shergold, a journalist for the Daily Mail, said in a conversation with More That the measure project is public and welcomed by the British. Basically because it gives strength to the masses.
“I think if there is one good thing that has come out of the idea of the European Premier League, it is the realization that a change is needed in English football. For a long time, English football clubs – which have societal and cultural value around the world – fell easily into the hands of Owners who only care about money and not the masses,” he said.
“Just look how American owners like the Glazers at Manchester United or Fenway Sports Group at Liverpool wanted to break away from English football and play in the Super League that doesn’t reflect sporting merit in things like relegation. No real supporter could agree to such a thing and I paid Protests the government to act.”
Adam Shergold has only two caveats: that the program takes a long time to execute and that it may become more fragile, and it may take longer.
“I think the plans could be very good. They will give the fans more power to influence their clubs, they will put limits on the money that clubs can spend, and we may not see more unfair competition from clubs like Chelsea or Manchester City just because they have rich owners. “They will produce fair competition and make it more difficult for landowners from countries with a poor record of respecting human rights to enter. With these measures, we are unlikely to see more episodes such as the Saudi Investment Fund buying a club like Newcastle.”
However, the reality may be a little different. Oftentimes, government legislation becomes weaker as it goes through the process of becoming law. So it may take some time before we see real change. But if the fans have a stronger voice in club management, then this is already a good first step.”
“We are committed to working with the government in implementing the measures.”
The English League, for example, reiterated that “it is not necessary for there to be a regulator protected by law,” noting that it had mechanisms in place to put such regulation in place, but it praised the government’s plan.
We welcome the government’s clarification of its position and we are committed to working with it during the next stage of the consultations. We agree that fans are vitally important to the game and their voice should be better heard throughout the Premier League. We will therefore introduce a series of measures to improve this region and plan to make a detailed announcement before the start of the 2022-23 season.”
The English Football League (in charge of third tier football) has been strong in support of the program introduced by the government.
“The Premier League supports the creation of an independent regulatory body that will provide mechanisms to redefine the distribution of financial resources in football. It must be recognized that we have been trying to make progress on this issue for the past two years, calling for a 75-25 revenue split,” said Chairman Rick Barry. With the English Premier League, without making any noticeable progress.”
“We therefore welcome the Government being open to giving the regulator the authority to implement redistribution throughout the English football pyramid.”
As an advance, the government project is expected to pass into law in 2023, although the regulator should only be ready to take over in 2024.
It should be noted, by the way, that the Portugal government program does not provide for any financial control measures or good practices in Portugal.
According to the document that was submitted a few days ago, the government will only hold the regulatory authorities, professional public associations and other competent entities in certain sectors of activity responsible for imposing additional measures on the sectors it supervises, and to promote good practices in sectors such as the financial system, “construction, sports and services.” basic general.
England, this one, is in a hurry to change.