Football Governance Bill set to stall

by   |   23/05/2024  2 Comments  [Jump to last]

I see the football governance bill has been ditched (at least for now) due to the General Election being called. In The Independent: 

Work on the Football Governance Bill is expected to be halted until later in the summer, after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed a general election for 4 July, although there is hope from within the game that it could actually result in a much-strengthened regulator that addresses “serious flaws” in the bill.

The bill has had cross-party support since the publication of the recommendations from Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review in 2021, although it has been felt within the Premier League that it would be better to get it through under a Conservative government, which would likely be much less interventionist than under the Labour Party.

It could mean the Premier League’s attempts to push back against strengthened regulation end up working against it, if Sir Keir Starmer gets into power, as widely expected.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 23/05/2024 at 15:09:25
I'm just a bit sceptical how much of a hiccup this will be in what was already (despite some wildly optimistic hopes expressed by some on here) a long and drawn-out process to get the Bill passed and get an Independent Football Regulator in place who could really change the way Premier League clubs are going about their business.

At, best it would have been 2 or 3 years… now, it has to go back to square one, I believe, and struggle for time in the business schedule for a new parliament that may well feel there are a lot more important things that need to get changed before this comes back to the floor.

Tracey Crouch is also a Conservative MP, and the current draft legislation is also conservative despite cross-party support, so I just wonder how much support and priority it would actually get in a new parliament if Labour win?

John Raftery
2 Posted 24/05/2024 at 19:19:14
Michael (1) You are right the new administration will face a host of issues in areas which merit much more government attention than football. The only reason it gained space, now lost, in the current parliamentary timetable was because a tattered regime saw it as a relatively popular vote winner. An incoming government with a large majority might well put it on the back burner by setting up another consultation exercise about ‘strengthening’ the measures. That will take it beyond the first session of parliament.

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