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Statement from Committee Chair on Bury Football Club

5 September 2019

Chair's statement

Statement from Damian Collins MP, Chair of the DCMS Committee, on Bury football club: 

"The decision by the English Football League (EFL) to expel Bury football club is a tragedy for all who follow the team as well as the wider community that it serves. It also marks a failure of football governance. The current owners and directors test is clearly not sufficient to protect the long-term interests of clubs and keep bad owners and directors out of the game.
"The football authorities need greater powers to intervene earlier when clubs get into financial difficulties, and certainly long before they get to the edge of the abyss.
"I would ask that even at this late stage that the EFL considers any realistic proposal that could support Bury's status as a football league club, including whether they could play next season in League 2, under new ownership.
"The Select Committee believes that the issues that have affected Bury reflect a wider and growing problem within the Football League. We have seen similar crises Bolton and other clubs in recent years. The Committee has therefore agreed that we will hold hearings in the autumn to take evidence relating to the crisis at Bury, and the role of the EFL and the FA in safeguarding the long-term interests of clubs. The Committee will also inquire into what needs to be done to strengthen football governance rules in this regard."

The Committee plan to hold a session on this subject when Parliament returns.

The Committee have agreed to accept written evidence as part of its inquiry into the Administration of Football Clubs by the 30th September.

Submitting evidence

The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise. The deadline for submitting evidence is 5pm on Monday 30 September. Submissions should be made via the Administration of Football Clubs inquiry written evidence portal

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length
  • be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
  • have numbered paragraphs

Further information regarding submitting evidence to Committees: Guide to submitting evidence.

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