Football Governance Follow-Up
HC 509, Fourth Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Culture, Media and Sport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee previously reported on domestic football governance in July 2011 (see below), after concerns were expressed by supporters and commentators about the sufficiency of checks and balances on financial management in football, as well as wider failures of governance; 'Football Governance Follow-Up (HC 509)' reviews the progress made and issues an ultimatum to the game of English football: to make the necessary reforms within 12 months or face possible legislation.
The Committee said the leagues, in particular the Premier League, had too great an influence over the decision-making processes of the Football Association. There was concern that the increasing commercialisation of the game, coupled with a lack of financial regulation, was leading to significant financial risk-taking among football clubs that threatens the game.
The Committee has been very disappointed by the football authorities' response to its proposals for reform. While progress has been achieved, further reform is needed especially in relation to the licensing model. Membership of the Main Board, Council and influential committees do not fully balance interests adequately and fail to engage with supporters at a club level.
Most fundamentally, the financial proposals were hugely disappointing with the only positive development being the eventual introduction of Financial Fair Play rules despite the football authorities' initial reluctance.
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