For the sake of the fans we need to fix football regulation before more clubs change hands or go under
Tonia Antoniazzi MP has called on the Government to bring in a regulator as quickly as possible, following the football white paper which was published in February.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP has raised her concerns after Swansea City secured an historic “double doube” over local rivals Cardiff City in the latest south Wales Derby.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP had welcomed the white paper’s publication but was frustrated saying it is already long overdue.
The fan-led review of football governance was published over a year ago. It made a suite of recommendations for better governance in football, including stronger owners and directors tests, fairer distribution of funding down the football pyramid, and a seat at the table for fans, through a shadow board and ‘golden share’ in significant club decisions. Labour called for the recommendations to be implemented in full.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said, “I welcome the publication of the football white paper, but it’s long overdue. Fair financial distribution must be sorted before a regulator comes into force. The failure of the Premier League and EFL to reach an agreement on football finances means lower league clubs will miss out on £365m this season, including Swansea City which will miss out on £15 million.
“It’s been a good couple of weeks for Swans and Wales fans, with derby wins over Bristol and Cardiff, good performances against Coventry and Huddersfield, and that has come on top of a good international break for Wales too. You can see the impact that these successes have had on people in the city. If we want to see more of that success on the pitch, we need to put the interests of football fans first off the pitch.
“Football fans are asking for an independent regulator and a proper voice which clubs will listen to.
“We can’t have any more dithering – the Government should bring in the legislation needed to establish a proper regulator urgently.”