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Football: Clubs

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the governance of premier league football clubs.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Football clubs are the heart of local communities, they have unique social value and many with a great history. It is vital they are protected and fans should have their voices heard.

The governance of football is first and foremost a matter for the relevant authorities, in this case the Premier League and the Football Association. These bodies have a duty to govern the sport and provide assurances to fans, players and indeed employees, that proper protections are in place.

However, we have committed to a fan led review of football governance, which will include consideration of the Owners’ and Directors’ test, to ensure we protect the game for fans.

We will liaise closely with fan representatives and the football authorities as we decide the scope and structure of this work.

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