Will fans get a say in running football clubs? Ministers launch review into the sport following collapse of controversial ‘super league’ plans

  • Ministers launched a review into the sport last night after super league collapse 
  • Review will consider whether new criteria should be introduced for team buying 
  • Tory MP Tracey Crouch will look at whether fans should be given seats on boards

Fans could be given a greater say in how England’s top football clubs are run under proposals being examined by the Government.

Ministers launched a review into the sport last night following the collapse of controversial plans for a breakaway ‘super league’.

The review, led by Tory MP Tracey Crouch, will consider whether new criteria should be introduced for billionaires wanting to buy teams.

She will also look at whether fans could be given seats on boards.

Ministers launched a review into the sport last night following the collapse of controversial plans for a breakaway ‘super league’. Pictured: Fans protest the super league

Fans celebrate as news breaks that Chelsea Football Club are to withdraw from the breakaway European Super League

The German model, where fans have a majority stake in teams, also will be examined. Ministers have noted how no teams from Germany were among the 12 planning to form the European Super League.

The review, led by Tory MP Tracey Crouch, will consider whether new criteria should be introduced for billionaires wanting to buy teams

Miss Crouch will work with fan groups to draw up a list of recommendations. She will assess calls for the creation of a single, independent football regulator to oversee regulations and compliance.

The review will also look at possible interventions to protect club identity, such as their club badges.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: ‘Football begins and ends with fans and we have seen that passionately displayed this week. It must be a watershed moment in our national game. We must capitalise on this momentum. Clubs are the beating heart of their communities and this important review will help put football on a surer footing.’

Miss Crouch added: ‘Football means so much to so many people and my review will be firmly focused on the fans. 

Tottenham Hotspur fans stage a protest outside of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Londo

Fans burn a Liverpool replica shirt outside Elland Road against Liverpool’s decision to be included amongst the clubs attempting to form a new European Super League

It will look closely at the issues of governance, ownership and finance and take the necessary steps to retain the game’s integrity, competitiveness and, most importantly, the bond that clubs have with its supporters.’

Six of England’s biggest clubs announced on Sunday they would form a mid-week competition, the European Super League, along with six clubs from Italy and Spain. But they faced accusations they were trying to create a closed shop because they would never face the prospect of relegation.

The plans collapsed after Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew their support. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool then followed suit.

Miss Crouch’s review follows several high-profile collapses in recent years, including Bury FC, which went into administration last year after being expelled from the Football League in 2019. Proposals that will be looked at include giving smaller clubs a greater share of broadcast revenue. 

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