Leeds chief Angus Kinnear hits out at fan-led review of football governance by comparing recommendations to the Maoist regime in China… with comments sparking fierce reaction from Gary Neville

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  • A fan-led review of The Football Administration was published by MP Tracy Crouch
  • It proposed an independent regulator and a ‘transfer levy’ for Premier League clubs to support the football pyramid
  • However, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear has taken a distasteful take on it.
  • Mao Zedong was responsible for the Great Chinese Famine which is estimated to have killed millions

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Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear has taken an unpleasant aim in a fan-led review of the football regime – comparing its recommendations to the Maoist regime in China that was responsible for the premature killing of millions.

The review, which was commissioned by the government and published last week by MP Tracy Crouch, proposed an independent regulator and a ‘transfer levy’ for Premier League clubs to support the football pyramid.

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However, writing on his schedule ahead of Leeds’ match with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, Kinnear said: ‘Football is a private sector business and has flourished as such.

China's former communist leader Mao Zedong was responsible for the Great Chinese Famine, which is estimated to have claimed millions of lives.
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Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear (left) compares a review of the football regime’s recommendations to that of Mao Zedong (right) in China

The review was commissioned by the government and published by MP Tracy Crouch (right)

The review was commissioned by the government and published by MP Tracy Crouch (right)

‘Applying the same philosophy of Maoist collective agrarianism to football (which students of ‘The Great Leap Forward’ will know caused the greatest famine in history) will not make the English game fair, it will kill the competition it enjoys. is life-giving.

‘Teams at the bottom of the pyramid don’t need their means artificially inflated, they need to be within them.’

Former communist leader of China Mao Zedong was responsible for the Great Chinese Famine between 1959 and 1961 and it is estimated that millions of people died in it.

Kinnear’s comments sparked an angry reaction from football fans and Salford co-owner Gary Neville, who tweeted: ‘Anyone remember when Leeds United were in the championship, mad at their financials if they didn’t go up. Like sweating. How did it come within 12 months?

‘A sorry situation. Of course even Leeds fans don’t like these program notes on fan-led reviews.’

It proposed an independent regulator and a 'transfer levy' for Premier League clubs to pay.

It proposed an independent regulator and a ‘transfer levy’ for Premier League clubs to pay.

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