Soccer fans welcome leaked government plans that an independent regulator will be brought in

Soccer fans welcome leaked government plans for an independent regulator to be brought into the game, as activists insist the sport “needs a cultural change”.

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The first hints of the government’s plans for an independent soccer regulator were warmly received by fans, some clubs and campaign groups on Thursday.

Details of the reorganization leaked to the Sun include proposals to give a new regulatory body powers to stop future bids for the breakup of the Super League, enforce stricter ownership tests, exercise greater financial control, lead a redistribution of the wealth through the pyramid and give more than one say to the fans.

Formal plans are expected to be revealed next week and government sources insist that finer details are still being worked out.

The leaked document includes many of the recommendations made in 2021 by the fan-led review, chaired by former sports minister Tracey Crouch, who agreed that early indications were “positive.”

Football Supporters Association chief executive Kevin Miles was heartened by the reports. “Many of our ideas are included in the White Paper,” said Miles. “Tighter tests on potential club owners, more fan participation, bans on breakaway competitions and the establishment of an independent regulator.”

The first hints of the government's plans for an independent soccer regulator were warmly received by fans, some clubs and campaign groups on Thursday.

The first hints of the government’s plans for an independent soccer regulator were warmly received by fans, some clubs and campaign groups on Thursday.

Tracey Crouch MP defended an independent regulator in her fan-led review of football

Tracey Crouch MP defended an independent regulator in her fan-led review of football

Tracey Crouch MP defended an independent regulator in her fan-led review of football

Niall Couper, chief executive of Fair Game, a campaign group of 33 professional clubs and academic experts working to find solutions for soccer, said “at first glance it looks like a B plus” but cautioned it wasn’t perfect.

“Over the next few weeks, those who really care about football need to work tirelessly to make this an A-star,” added Couper. “Football needs a culture change.”

For longtime campaigners, this represents a glorious opportunity to restart football, to end the existential threat to clubs falling into the hands of unscrupulous owners, such as Bury, expelled from the EFL in 2019.

To prevent owners like Vincent Tan in Cardiff City from changing the traditional blue colors to red or former Hull City owner Assem Allam from changing the name to Hull Tigers. And nurture clubs as community assets.

Ten MPs from Liverpool and Merseyside signed a letter to the Liverpool Echo yesterday, calling on Liverpool and Everton, two Premier League clubs very close to their communities, to join forces and support football governance reform.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colors from traditional blue to red in 2012.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan changed the club's colors from traditional blue to red in 2012.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan changed the club’s colors from traditional blue to red in 2012.

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