Stars including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker write to government to create independent football regulator that would ban future attempts to leave the traditional pyramid after failed Super League plans
- Former players want the government to establish an independent football regulator
- Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Gary Lineker have signed an open letter
- The regulator would ban all future attempts to disrupt the football pyramid
The government will come under severe pressure Monday morning from some of English football’s biggest names to create an independent football regulator.
In an open letter signed by the likes of Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher, Whitehall is urged to launch an Ofcom-style body to regulate the sport.
The move comes weeks after the Big Six’s failed plan to join a European Super League.
Jamie Carragher (left) and Gary Neville (right) are among the stars who wrote the government calling for the creation of an independent football regulator.
The document calls on the government to ban all future attempts by clubs to move out of the traditional football pyramid, and allows fans to sign a petition in support of calls for an umbrella regulatory body to be put in place.
There is likely to be significant opposition to the proposals from existing football organizations, particularly the FA and the Premier League.
If established, the regulator would have a duty to promote the interests of supporters, protect against bad practices and rule on matters involving the FA, Premier League and EFL, with an emphasis on prohibiting clubs from exclusively to act in their own interest.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has backed the plan to protect the football pyramid
Rio Ferdinand also signed the open letter, whereby the proposed agency had a duty to represent the interests of the supporters
Other important issues include asset allocation, rigorous fitness and fitness testing for future club owners, and equality, diversity and inclusion.
Such a body would infringe the FA’s powers, but those involved in these proposals feel that the governing body lacks credibility and is not sufficiently independent.
The government is launching a separate fan-led review of football governance, led by politician Tracey Crouch.