The Government’s Fan- Led Review led by Tracey Crouch into the future of football has been taking evidence from across the game.
Stewart Purvis, Chairman of Bees United, Gemma Teale of BIAS and representatives from other Brentford Fan Groups have given evidence to Ms Crouch and her review panel.
Tracy Crouch has now released her initial report from the Fan-led Review panel, in the form of a letter to secretary of state Oliver Dowden.
You can see the full letter here.
In her interim report Ms Crouch is recommending the establishment of an independent regulator which will oversee a new club licencing system to improve the standard of ownership across the game. Additionally the report recommends legislation to make supporter engagement mandatory, wide range reform of existing football authorities, improving equality and diversity in the game and providing democratic supporter groups with a “golden share” in their Clubs. This share would provide fans with the power of veto over certain issues.
These reforms would be coupled with significant changes to the game’s financial distribution and how it currently shares wealth from top to bottom – the recommendations would see an end to parachute payments and replace them with a more equitable distribution from the Premier League down the football pyramid.
The Fan-led Review panel has heard more than 100 hours of oral evidence from fan groups, leagues, the FA, clubs at every level of the pyramid, representatives of players and managers, supporters of the women’s game, academics. German supporter groups and many more.
BIAS were delighted to have been asked to contribute to the review by the Football Supporters Association (FSA) and we are pleased that our voices along with other fan voices have been heard.
In the coming months, the Fan-led Review will build upon Ms Crouch’s recommendations and produce detailed plans for reform ahead of the final report. BIAS understands that the Review’s final recommendations will be published in October.
As an affiliate member of the FSA, BIAS will continue to play a constructive role in supporting the work of the review in fleshing out the details of the interim proposals.
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