The Fan-Led Review – in the long grass?

Tracy Crouch MP presented her report "Fan-led Review of Football Governance - a year on" at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for football supporters on Tuesday 15th November.

Matt Pennycook (MP for Greenwich & Woolwich and CAST member) was in attendance.

Tracy Crouch said:

“In the past 12 months we have seen stark examples of the ongoing problems in the game, such as those at Derby County that threatened its existence. Yet a minority of loud, self-interested voices continue to block meaningful reform, to the detriment of the game. But the support for reform from fan groups, many football officials and club owners, has been incredibly encouraging and gives me hope that the Government will utilise cross-party support to deliver the change that football needs. The time for reform is now.”

Kevin Miles - Chief Executive of The Football Supporters Association said:

“The Prime Minister confirmed on the campaign trail that he backs the Fan-led Review and sees football as ‘part of the fabric of our culture’ which must be protected, with fans at the heart of the game. Every week that passes reveals the risks to the sustainability of football and the inability of the game to regulate itself effectively. An independent statutory regulator is a matter of urgency.”

The full report can be accessed here:


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