Despite the cabinet reshuffle in recent days, a highly anticipated football review is due to be published
LeicestershireLive expects the review to be published next month, with an independent football regulator being the most prominent recommendation.
One of the main reasons for the review was the unfortunate creation and subsequent collapse of the European Super League last season.
Leicester City is one of the main challengers to the so-called “Big Six” who entered the Breakaway League, which has been widely condemned.
This led to calls for an independent football regulator to be included in the review.
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The appointment of Nadine Dorries as the new State Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will not slow down the process.
Sources said she was still busy with her extensive assignment at DCMS, but intended to address many of the issues surrounding the sport in the coming weeks.
Dorries’ appointment caused a stir in the football world at a crucial time with the release of the final results of the review scheduled for early fall.
After hundreds of hours of interviews with fan groups and submissions from thousands of fans, the panel, chaired by Tracey Crouch, is finalizing its report that has the potential to transform professional football.
Interim results recommend an independent regulator and a golden share for fans that would give them the right to veto some matters related to their club.
Some have questioned whether Dorries’ appointment will change the direction of the review or weaken government engagement, but assurances have been given that it remains firm on the biggest change in the sport in 30 years.
Predecessor Oliver Dowden was considered a safe couple and has been dedicated and interested in reviewing what will almost certainly lead to the announcement of a regulator for the game to dilute the Premier League’s influence.
A source said, “She’s only been on the job for 24 hours and it’s a dizzying portfolio, but she’s already hinted that the fan-led review is something that has priority.”
It is understood that Dorries intends to meet with fan representatives in the coming weeks and reiterated her commitment to the fan-led review in her first oral questions since her appointment as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s midweek reshuffle.
The FSA will urge fans to board boards and commit to the golden share, where certain shareholders (in this case, supporters) have a veto on certain issues (like the name of the club or a change of ownership). .
When the report comes out next month, that will only be the beginning of the story. The Premier League has yet to widen its thoughts on the prospect of an independent regulator, but it is expected that the process of implementing the recommendations through parliament and into law will be long.