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Sport PL clubs to oppose regulator at Friday meeting

23:31  02 december  2021
23:31  02 december  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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Premier League clubs will debate the 47 recommendations from the fan-led review into football; introduction of an independent regulator is the central recommendation of the review which was commissioned in April in the wake of the European Super League storm. By Sky Sports News. The review has made 47 recommendations including an independent regulator for football as well as a 10 per cent tax on Premier League transfers. Clubs are opposed to both of these key recommendations.

Premier League clubs have voiced their opposition to a proposal to institute an independent regulator overseeing U.K. soccer. The 20 clubs called for a meeting to air their concerns. All 20 clubs in the top-flight league called for an emergency meeting this week to make their concerns known. The teams worry an independent regulator could dissuade investors and demand more revenue sharing with other leagues within the pyramid system. The proposal came out of a review commissioned by the U.K. government.

Premier League clubs' owners and directors will speak out against government-backed proposals for a football regulator and a transfer tax on Friday morning.

The review has made 47 recommendations, including an independent regulator for football as well as a 10 per cent tax on Premier League transfers, but all 20 clubs are expected to be united in their opposition to both of these key areas.

The fan-led review made a total of 47 recommendations © PA The fan-led review made a total of 47 recommendations

The Premier League's position is that it is open in principle to an independent regulator as long as it operates within existing football structures.

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Premier League clubs are considering, among other options, the commitment to complete the season before the start of July at a meeting on Friday , the Guardian understands. A resolution to consign the 2019-20 campaign to history by 30 June, whether or not the entire schedule of games has been completed, will be among the proposals put to the league. Reports indicate that the proposed move is favoured by a large number of the league’s members as one of the most significant factors driving the idea to finish by that time frame is the expiry of numerous player and staff contracts by the end of June.

Understand #lcfc were the only club to vote against pay-per-view at today's Premier League meeting . The greed that’s so commonly found amongst PL clubs is enough to make you sick. It was Leicester that was the only team to oppose it. You've played a string of matches with Manchester United since the last meeting .

Talk of a transfer tax is particularly controversial because some of the proceeds would go to Championship owners who are richer than their Premier League counterparts.

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"Would anybody suggest Tesco pay a 10 per cent surcharge on their staff wages or stock and the money goes to Lidl or all the corner shops so they can compete better with Tesco?" one Premier League owner said.

"The Premier League is an enormous worldwide success. Why change it and risk destroying it?"

Premier League owners and executives such as Christian Purslow, Steve Parrish, Karren Brady and Angus Kinnear have since come out in opposition.

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Chiefs from all 20 Premier League clubs held latest conference call on Monday. Clubs are said to be still in Brighton remain opposed to neutral grounds to finish Premier League. Going into Monday's meeting , it was understood six clubs - Aston Villa, Watford and Brighton the most vocal Independent regulator that could transform English football is backed by Government after MP Tracey Crouch's

My biggest worry about the PL or ESL ultimatum is that if the clubs choose to walk from PL and CL, then ESL becomes even more marketable. The clubs involved must have predicted this ultimatum would be coming and probably know what they plan to do. The minute your clubs started spending 100 + million euros on transfers, is the minute investors started to look for security for their investment. You want to see an Mbappe, a Cristiano or a Dembele at your club but don’t want to deal with the consequences of that. As much as it hurts to say, this sport has been about money for the longest time.

The Premier League is currently paying £1.2bn to EFL clubs from 2019-22, £647m (52 per cent) of which is in parachute payments.

Clubs feel that recommending a regulator was always the direction of travel once the review was set up.

A compromise deal has been discussed whereby a regulator would operate within FA structures instead of being "independent" and indirectly government-appointed.

'The game deserves nothing less'

The Our Beautiful Game campaign group, which has the backing of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and former FA chairman David Bernstein, released a statement in support of the initial recommendation for an independent regulator.

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Premier League clubs will meet later this week to discuss Tracey Crouch MP’s recommendation of an independent regulator for English football, as part of her fan-led review of the game. The Premier League said it was always the intention to hold a meeting to discuss Crouch’s recommendations once clubs had been given a chance to digest the 162-page report. The proposed levy on transfers, which has been criticised by Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, and abolition of parachute payments are also expected to be met with opposition from within the top flight.

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It read: "The football authorities have had multiple opportunities over decades to introduce significant reforms of their own. They failed.

"We note particularly that the football authorities, even while the enquiry was going on, were unable to speak with one unified voice. No wonder so many professional clubs, and indeed last week the EFL itself, have been won round to support the need for an independent regulator.

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"We agree with the report when it concludes that neither the government nor parliament should run football.

"Indeed the Crouch Report makes clear that issues such as the running of competitions like the FA Cup, or of the England men's and women's teams at all levels, or VAR, or the delivery of grassroots strategy are not matters for an independent regulator.

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"But governance reforms and reviewing ways of distributing and increasing funding from the top of the game to the wider football community most certainly should be. So too should the introduction of a new and comprehensive licensing system for the professional game, and driving progress towards diversity and inclusion for all who want to be involved.

"Today is an important moment in the long history of our national sport.

"The burden of maintaining the momentum for an independent regulator for English football now falls clearly on parliament, and on the government itself. Legislation will be needed to turn the recommendations from today's report into reality.

"The game deserves nothing less."

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Neville: Regulator must maintain PL standard

Speaking to Sky Sports News last week, Neville and Bernstein both agreed that an independent regulator's No 1 priority should be to "maintain the exceptional standard of the Premier League".

"Reading that report made me feel warm about the opportunity that exists for football to come together and let's not forget that at this moment in time the Premier League has lost control of its own members," Neville said.

"The 14 have got a problem with the six, the six have got a problem with the 14. Project Big Picture and the European Super League divided the Premier League clubs as did the introduction of the Saudi[-backed] ownership [at Newcastle] and the divide over the fit and proper owners' test.

"An independent regulator shouldn't be something that's feared by the Premier League. In fact, the independent regulator's No 1 priority should be to maintain the exceptional standard of the Premier League.

"However, what we do want to see is a fairer game, some stronger financial regulation through the pyramid, a better distribution model whilst maintaining the excellent league that we have."

Bernstein added: "There's huge support for this from fans, the wider public, and parliamentarians across the various parties.

"Parliament's having a difficult time at the moment with credibility and whatever, and I think this is a wonderful opportunity for parliament to show it can work in a mature way, a unified way and do something together which is a win-win. It's a win for the government, it's a win for parliament and it's a win for all the parties. I think it will show democracy in a very good form and go down extremely well with the public."

The fan-led review made a total of 47 recommendations © PA The fan-led review made a total of 47 recommendations

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