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Premier League and EFL football chiefs put on notice to end ‘current fiasco’

20 November 2020

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee puts Premier League and EFL football chiefs on notice to end ‘current fiasco’.

MPs are demanding that the leaders of the Premier League and the EFL provide weekly updates to the Committee on progress made to ensure the survival of football clubs at risk.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry have been asked to update MPs on every discussion held, whether internally or with Government, about what they are doing to reach agreement on the distribution of money from the Premier League to the EFL. The Committee has also asked for updates on correspondence with fans to ensure they are included in the process.

Chair's comments

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

“We are losing patience. Fans have waited a long time for a solution that would safeguard their clubs but all they can see is squabbling at the top of the game. Football and its followers deserve better.

“The current fiasco in reaching an agreement isn’t about the lack of money, but lack of leadership.

“We’re putting the current leaders of the Premier League and the EFL on notice. We want to be kept in the loop about every discussion, every meeting, every call, every email, to save clubs at risk. Nothing should be withheld from the Committee, and so that fans can see what’s going on, we’ll make these updates public.

“The predecessor DCMS Committee called for legislation bring in an independent system of football licensing and regulation if the game wasn’t able to reform itself. That time may be fast approaching.”

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