That crisis around Chelsea has pushed an independent regulator for football closer to reality, with sources close to the campaign now convinced that legislation will be included in the Queen’s speech in May.
The fan-led review of footballpublished last year, made strong recommendations for the introduction of an independent regulator that would provide licenses to compete, manage finances and monitor the club’s behavior.
The Premier League opposes the proposals in Tracey Crouch’s review, but Chelsea’s controversy has increased the government’s appetite for control of the international. I understand.
The government is now effectively overseeing the operation of Chelsea Sanctions were imposed on Roman Abramovich last week, who froze the club as an asset. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
It is understood that Rishi Sunak has inquired about the cost of setting up the regulator as a clear sign of which way the wind is blowing.
The Premier League must also revise the tests of their owners and directors in the wake of the Abramovich sanctions. The league disqualified the oligarch over the weekend from serving as director.
Football finance expert Kieran Maguire, who worked on the review with Crouch, told I: “I think from a football management point of view, what happened at Chelsea gives real weight to Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review of football management.
“The Chelsea situation undoubtedly increases the chances of an independent regulator passing law.”