Independent regulator that could transform English football is backed by Government after MP Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review, with Premier League told to agree a new funding deal with EFL or have one imposed on them

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  • Government ready to reaffirm its support for Tracy Crouch’s fan-led review
  • The EFL welcomes the findings but is likely to be opposed by Premier League clubs
  • If they resist, the deal will be imposed on them by the new independent regulator

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Premier League clubs have been warned to agree a new funding deal with the EFL within the next 18 months or be imposed by a new independent regulator.

The government will today reaffirm their support in principle to the findings of MP Tracy Crouch’s fan-led review which, when published last night, recommended the creation of a new independent regulator for English football.


The exact scope of the new regulator will be determined by the government, but it could revolutionize English football if some of the more radical recommendations of the review are implemented.

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Tracy Crouch’s (pictured) fan-led review is set to be backed by the government

These include a new, 10 percent levy on transfers to be paid to EFL clubs on transfers between Premier League clubs and foreign sides, an overhaul of the parachute payment system and powers to curb owners’ spending and reduce clubs’ wage bills. is included. The regulator considers them negligent.

The review also called for a new beefed-up bosses and directors trial to engage fans in character evaluations, the creation of a similarity and diversity scheme, and to give fans control over so-called ‘shadow boards’. inheritance issues.

The review fell short of emphasizing that the regulator immediately imposes a new redistribution mechanism on clubs, but said that if the Premier League and EFL fail to agree a deal by the time formally stipulated, it could be ‘ Back-stop powers should be used. up, which is expected to take place before the start of the 2023–24 season.

Premier League clubs could soon face regulation if they agree to a new funding deal with the EFL

Premier League clubs could soon face regulation if they agree to a new funding deal with the EFL

The EFL widely welcomed the review’s findings but Premier League clubs are likely to oppose them. EFL President Rick Parry gave his support for the review’s proposals, saying: ‘It is heartening to see that supporting football in this country requires proper cost controls as well as additional distribution from the top of the game. And we look forward to taking the discussion forward. With the Premier League regarding the restructuring of the funding model that worked for the entire game.

‘Clearly this extends to addressing the outdated Parachute payment system that currently distorts finances in the EFL and I am pleased that Tracy Crouch and her team agree that these should be reformed.’

The Premier League said in a statement last night: ‘It is important to all that any improvement does not harm our game, its competitive balance or the level of current investment.’


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