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

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for the continuation of football governance reform proposals.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Brown echoed calls for the appointment of an independent regulator in the game, one of 47 recommendations made by Crouch following the fan-led review that 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 up the pyramid, and to give fans a ‘golden stake’ in their club.

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Leeds United are among those opposed to the reforms, with managing director Angus Kinnear controversially saying in December that his suggestion of a transfer fee levy to help support the lower leagues was “akin to the ‘Maoist collective agriculture’.

He said: “Applying a philosophy to football akin to collective Maoist agrism – which students of ‘The Great Leap Forward’ will know culminated in the greatest famine in history – will not have made the difference. fairer English game, that will kill the competition, which is its cornerstone. The teams lower in the pyramid do not need to artificially inflate their resources, they need to live in 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 percent, but if even a five percent charge were taken on a year’s transfer activity from the elite, up to £ 80million could be funneled towards the basic element of the game every year.

Mr Brown, shareholder in his childhood club Raith Rovers, expressed fears that Crouch’s proposals would be watered down before they become law, and instead argued that new measures should be introduced, including raising taxes on betting companies and the investment of profits in grassroots sport.

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

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