Gordon Brown backs calls for Premier League transfer tax branded by Leeds United as ‘Maoism’

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for the proposed reforms to football governance to continue.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Brown echoed calls for an independent gaming regulator to be appointed, one of 47 recommendations put forward by Crouch following the fan-led review which was commissioned by the government following the failed Super League breakaway.

The review also called on Premier League clubs to pay a transfer tax, potentially generating millions of pounds to reinvest further down the pyramid, and giving fans a “golden share” in their club.

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Leeds United are among those opposing the reforms, with chief executive Angus Kinnear controversially claiming in December that his suggestion of a transfer fee levy to help support the lower leagues was ‘akin to farming Maoist collective”.

He said: “Imposing on football a philosophy akin to Maoist collective farming – which ‘The Great Leap Forward’ students will know resulted in the greatest famine in history – will not have made the a fairer English game, it will kill competition, which is its lifeblood.Teams lower down the pyramid don’t need artificially inflated means, they have to live within them.

But Mr Brown said: ‘I agree with the idea of ​​a transfer tax. A stamp duty should be levied on transfers to help lower leagues and youth football.

“Crouch’s review suggests 10%, but if even a 5% charge were taken from a year’s transfer activity from the top flight, up to £80m could be funneled into the element basis of the game each year.

Mr Brown, a shareholder in his boyhood club Raith Rovers, expressed concern that Crouch’s proposals would be watered down before becoming law, and instead argued that new measures should be introduced, including raising the levels of taxation of betting companies and investing the profits in grassroots sport.

He added: “We must refute the responses of a Premier League immobilized by its own interests and I urge the fans to continue to push for change before those behind the European Super League regain the strength to trying to undermine the fabric of our game again.”


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