“The last insult to fans”: MP slams judge Bury’s expulsion from EFL after concluding that the competition could no longer do to save the former League One club, which was released last August
- The League One team was kicked out of the competition last August
- The owner of the Shakers, Steve Dale, has not given the EFL any financial guarantees
- The competition was heavily criticized for not doing enough to prevent the situation
- The sports attorney’s report said that no additional EFL action would have changed it
- Damian Collins MP has slammed the report and called it offensive to Bury fans
An EFL study that found that the competition could not have saved Bury was described by a senior politician as a “complete whitewash.”
Damian Collins MP, until recently chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, also described the QC-led probe as “inadequate” and added that it was “the last insult” for club supporters who were “abandoned.”
The EFL also asked Jonathan Taylor QC to review its own financial rules and procedures.
The League One club was kicked out of the competition last August (photo, fans)
And in what may be seen as a big win for the leading second-line outfits, it was recommended that future television and major commercial deals would require the support of a majority of champion clubs.
There was anger at some at the previous £ 595 million, five-year Sky deal signed by former CEO Shaun Harvey, with a group of 19 clubs signing a stabbing letter that they were “seriously concerned” about the decision agreed by the EFL board on the recommendation of the commercial committee, which consisted of three representatives from championship clubs and one from Leagues One and Two.
If the change is adopted, such a deal must be supported by a majority of champion clubs and all EFL clubs rather than just the EFL board.
Fans mourned the club’s exit from the competition, but since then there has been an urge for change
Jonathan Taylor QC performed both probes that the EFL described as “independent” and promised that it would “learn the lessons” from Bury’s situation.
However, it seems that there are not many. In a summary of the findings published on Thursday, an EFL statement said: “After considering the steps the EFL has taken at each stage, Taylor concludes that the League has spent a lot of time and effort monitoring the situation in Bury and applying its rules to try forcing the club and its owners to fulfill their obligations.
“He notes that although it can always be argued afterwards that more could have happened, no additional action would have made any difference to the final outcome, which was ultimately caused by a lack of owner-financing.”
It is unlikely that this conclusion will go well with supporters. Fans continue to feel that the competition could have done more to make the club stop bankruptcy.
Bury fans think that the competition could have done much more to save their historic club
Some point to the fact that owner Steve Dale was able to take over the club without showing proof of money as evidence of the EFL’s debt.
Collins ordered those involved to hold a parliamentary hearing on this last year. The DCMS committee then concluded that the failure of the EFL to enforce its own rules and regulations both before and after Dale’s takeover of the club contributed to the problems that ultimately led to the removal of Bury.
It added that the EFL “had several options to intervene but did not,” and said the competition “had failed to do its duty to Bury and its supporters.”
After the publication of the summary of the assessment, which comes to a different conclusion, Mr Collins struck again. “Unfortunately, I’m not surprised,” he told Sportsmail.
‘It looks like a complete whitewash and is clearly set up by the EFL to serve its own purposes. The supporters of Bury have been abandoned at every step and this is the last insult.
I don’t think anyone believes this was an honest review. “In an earlier post on social media, Mr. Collins said the EFL statement” emphasizes how inadequate these assessments are. ” “It suggests they did everything to save Bury, but this was an avoidable tragedy,” he added.
The governance review recommended a number of changes and received ‘basic support from clubs’. The report also asked for three new independent directors to be appointed to the EFL Council, but this was rejected.
A full publication of the reports is expected next month.