11 January ~ The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into the governance of our professional football clubs and wants to hear from fans about how the sport is run in this country. The call for evidence has been issued in response to wide-ranging club ownership issues, but also to address broader concerns that current and future generations of supporters are ill-served by current football regulations.
Help influence reform of football governance rules
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is a parliamentary committee made up of MPs from different political parties. It has the task of monitoring – and conducting inquiries relating to – the work of the Government' s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Government has pledged to encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters. At the end of the inquiry, the Committee intends to come up with recommendations to help the Government achieve this aim.
What will the Committee investigate?
Questions the Committee will consider include:
Should football clubs in the UK be treated differently from other commercial organisations?
Are football governance rules in England and Wales, and the governing bodies which set and apply them, fit for purpose?
Is there too much debt in the professional game?
What are the pros and cons of the Supporter Trust share-holding model?
Is Government intervention justified and, if so, what form should it take?
Are there lessons to be learned from football governance models across the UK and abroad, and from governance models in other sports?
Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chair, John Whittingdale MP said:
"We know that football rouses strong passions, delivers real economic and social benefits and plays an important part in the lives of many people. We will obviously be talking to many of those professionally involved in the management and running of clubs. But we also want to hear from the fans who equally care passionately about how football is run in this country. We come to this inquiry with an open mind and promise to assess, on their merits, the strengths and weaknesses of our current football governance model, and the alternatives."
How to respond
The Committee is inviting written submissions on the above and other matters relevant to the inquiry. Guidance on preparing and submitting written evidence is available on the Parliament website.
Further information about the inquiry is available on the Committee's website.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 26 January 2011