The creation of an independent regulator for football has been endorsed in principle by the UK government.
The fan-led review of football governance, chaired by former UK sports minister Tracey Crouch, has concluded that such a regulator is required to provide financial oversight in the English game and that football could no longer be left to run itself.
British culture secretary Nadine Dorries welcomed the review, and said the British government would now work on a substantive response which it would present next spring.
⚠️ I can confirm we're endorsing in principle the primary recommendation of the fan led review of football governance.
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) November 25, 2021
However, she has already indicated the UK government’s support in principle for an independent regulator.
“We are at a turning point for football in this country,” Dorries said in a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons.
“The review is a detailed and worthy piece of work that will require a substantive response and plan of action from across Government.
“But the primary recommendation of the review is clear, and one the Government chooses to endorse in principle today: that football requires a strong, independent regulator to secure the future of our national game.
“The Government will now work at pace to determine the most effective way to deliver an independent regulator, and any powers that might be needed.”