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Football Governance Bill: Comment from CMS Committee Chair Dame Caroline Dinenage MP

19 March 2024

Commenting on the publication of the Football Governance Bill, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, said:

“The failure of English football’s wealthiest clubs to agree a deal is putting at risk the very fabric of our national game and has dragged on for far too long. Today’s firm step towards the introduction of a statutory regulator to hold these clubs to account, the blocking of breakaway competitions like the European Super League, and the stronger tests for owners and directors gives some hope that teams right down the pyramid that are so important to their local communities, can have a sustainable future.

We will be looking closely at the Bill to make sure that the proposed powers are fit for purpose. We need a regulator that has real teeth. It must be sufficiently independent and resourced and given the powers it needs to rebalance the sport away from the self-interest of the top clubs and deliver in the interests of all fans.”

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