Premier League transfer tax to cost Arsenal and Chelsea millions as clubs face government

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After more than six months and 100 hours of proof, the Tracey Crouch fan-led review of football governance has arrived. The 162-page report makes 47 recommendations that have the potential to transform the sport, introducing a more equitable structure that would give the lowest clubs in the pyramid an opportunity to be more competitive.

What shall we do now? Will an independent regulator really be put in place? Will fan groups have the right to veto decisions about their club’s legacy? And will we likely see another European Super League proposal in the years to come?

It all comes down to the will of the government and a simple question: how much do they want to introduce sweeping reforms? Opinion in Westminster is divided.

Several former sports ministers wrote a letter stressing the need for regulation, while some conservatives believe that forcing real change could improve the party’s image in “the red wall”. Others believe that, like most critics, the proposals will be thrown into the long grass; at best, a suggestion such as drinking alcohol in the stands during a Ligue 2 game becomes reality.

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Premier League clubs have already started to push back, with Aston Villa’s Christian Purslow swapping all expected lines in a BBC radio interview this morning, and they are expected to collectively lobby against the creation of a regulator and a transfer tax.

Purslow says the review went “a bit too far” and yet smaller clubs feel it did not go far enough, with some stakeholders hoping there would be more around the redistribution of the game. money from television and state property.

A regulator and transfer tax, of course, would amount to a turkey vote for Christmas and the cost of the tax, at the suggested 10%, for clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea would be significant – this summer the Gunners would have had to pay around Another £ 20million a year earlier the Blues had a similar figure.

But there is a clear fault line as Rick Parry, the EFL chief executive, has put the weight of the lower leagues behind the regulator and the criticisms of the big clubs will be of little consequence if Boris Johnson’s government is truly determined to enforce the change.

Speaking to football.london last night, Crouch said she was “optimistic” that the government would follow through and deliver on its commitments, although it was not possible to set a timeline.

“It’s up to the government to make a statement about it, to decide what it is okay with,” she said. “I hope all of this because it’s a package. As for the implementation, it will require statutory regulation and will therefore have to present this legislation, presumably in the next Queen’s Speech.

“There’s a recommendation in there to establish a shadow regulator so that they can start forming the principles, the guidelines and everything so that it can start to work.”

It is now more politics than football. For Johnson, who is under increasing pressure, it could be seen as an easy victory to win over some voters according to some in his party. But it would also provoke a tantrum from leaders of the world’s biggest league, and reasons to doubt the prime minister’s appetite to engage in battle with a bunch of billionaires require little elaboration.

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