The government have announced a review into the way English football is run which could result in new laws to protect the game.
The announcement comes after the controversial European Super League plans were proposed this week with six Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, all signing up to join the closed shop ‘elite’ division.
Since then all of English ‘founding club’ rebels have withdrawn from the agreement after unprecedented backlash and criticism from supporters, players and pundits alike with protests across the country dominating headlines.
Prime minister Boris Johnson was among those who condemned the proposal and Downing Street promised to legislate to prevent the six clubs from breaking away from the English footballing pyramid while also discussing a longer-term review into the game.
Well, the details of that review can now be revealed with the examination set to be led by former sports minister Tracey Crouch, and it will notably aim to give fans a greater say in how their clubs are run among other priorities.
The review, conceived in the wake of the Super League debacle, will also consider creating a new regulator, changing the “fit and proper person test” for owners and will potentially draw up interventions to protect clubs’ identities.
Ministers anticipate the failed bid from the six Premier League clubs could be a “watershed moment” for football in the United Kingdom and it’s hoped the review will create a new environment where fans have a greater say.
Once the review concludes its findings, new legislation could be introduced to protect the game.
The news will be warmly welcomed by millions of football fans although some will feel the inquiry is well overdue.