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Chair comment on Premier League and EFL rescue package

3 December 2020

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

“We welcome this news which offers a ray of hope to football fans, along with the limited return to stadiums. Our concern has always been for those lower league clubs at risk of survival.

“However, what is most concerning is that this deal could have been reached several months ago and we share the frustration of fans that it has taken this long. We, as a Committee, have long pressed the Premier League and the EFL to reach an agreement. It cannot be right that in the middle of a pandemic the Government has been drawn into sorting out wrangles at the top of the game because football chiefs were incapable of doing it themselves.

“This fiasco is evidence of a lack of accountability within football’s governance structure, demonstrating the urgent need for a review of how the business of football can be better managed in the interests of the clubs, fans and the nation”.

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