Football Governance Bill tabled at last

CAST welcomes the fact that The Football Governance Bill which arises out of Tracy Crouch's 2021 Fan Led Review has been tabled today.

"Football is nothing without its fans," said Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer. "We are determined to put them back at the heart of the game and ensure clubs as vital community assets continue to thrive. The new regulator will set the game on a sustainable footing, strengthening clubs and the entire football pyramid for generations."

Rick Parry, chair of the English Football League (EFL), said: "If delivered on the right terms, this landmark legislation can help fix the game's broken financial model by offering the independent input ultimately needed to help ensure that all clubs can survive and thrive in a fair and competitive environment."

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters' Association, added: "The FSA warmly welcomes the tabling of the Football Governance Bill arising from the 2021 fan-led review, and particularly its central proposal to introduce statutory independent regulation of the game. The regulator must be given the power to impose a financial settlement in the interests of the sustainability of the game as a whole. It is far too important to be left to the squabbling between the vested interests of the richest club owners. The regulator provides a means to intervene and stop clubs being run into the ground, protect the heritage of clubs, give supporters a much bigger voice in the running of the game, and prevent any chance of domestic clubs joining a breakaway European Super League."

The FSA will “look at the Bill in great detail in the coming days and work with supportive MPs and Peers if amendments are needed to strengthen legislation."

The FSA response in full: