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English Football: Appointment of an Independent Regulator Confirmed

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The King’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on 7 November 2023, which outlines legislation to be introduced by the UK Government, confirmed that an independent Regulator for English football will be appointed to “safeguard the future of football clubs for the benefit of communities and fans.”

The Regulator is intended to prevent English football clubs from joining ‘breakaway’ league, such as the proposed European Super League; force clubs to seek approval for any sale or relocation of their stadia; and introduce stronger tests for owners and directors of clubs.

There is also a commitment to “protect the long-term sustainability of clubs for the benefit of their fans and communities and helping to prevent the collapse of clubs.”

The appointment of such a Regulator follows the recommendations made in the fan-led review of English football by the former UK Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch.

Welcoming the news, she stated that she was “delighted.”

It is hoped that the Regulator will be in place by the time of the next General Election, due to be held in 2024, although it may take longer.

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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