Transfer tax and fan veto – Highlights from the fan-led review of football

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The review of fan-driven football has been released and includes sweeping recommendations for reshaping the game.

Here, the PA News Agency provides information on the content of the review and how we got there.

Why was there a review?

Bury's collapse in 2019 prompted the Conservative Party to promise fan-led scrutiny in its general election manifesto

Bury’s collapse in 2019 prompted the Conservative Party to promise a fan-led review in its general election manifesto (PA)

He was promised by the government as part of its manifesto for the 2019 general election following the Bury collapse, then ordered earlier than expected amid the controversy surrounding the short-lived European Super League.

It is chaired by Tory MP Tracey Crouch and the panel also included former England manager Roy Hodgson. Over 100 hours of testimony were heard over a six-month period.

What are the strong points?

Premier League deals to sign foreign stars like Cristiano Ronaldo should be taxed, fan-led review recommended

Premier League deals to sign foreign stars like Cristiano Ronaldo should be taxed, fan-led review (PA) recommended

Perhaps the most striking and surprising recommendation concerns the introduction of a “stamp duty” on transfers between Premier League clubs and top teams recruiting foreign players.

He also, as expected, called for the creation of an independent English football regulator, or IREF for short.

What can IREF do?

The review recommends that it be created through an Act of Parliament with broad powers to oversee the financial regulation of English male professional gambling.

The clubs would operate under license from the IREF and would have to provide regular information on key issues such as cash flow, equality and diversity plans and fan engagement.

Nothing else?

EFL President Rick Parry called for the end of parachute payments

EFL President Rick Parry called for the end of parachute payments (PA)

The IREF would be responsible for ensuring that the aforementioned ‘stamp duty’ is paid, and would have supporting powers to impose a solution on the Premier League and the EFL if they cannot resolve the issue. impasse on how the money is distributed from first to second, with payments parachuting into the heart of the dispute.

The IREF would also establish and oversee “fit and suitable person” tests for club owners and managers and would ensure that any owner investment was commensurate with the size and income of the club.

Did the review cover other areas?

Football fans seem poised to have more say in club management

Football fans seem poised to have more say in club management (PA)

He called for the creation of “shadow boards” giving fans greater oversight and influence over decision-making, and for fan trusts to have “golden” powers to veto fans. any critical decision such as a change of terrain, badge, name, club colors or entering breakaway leagues.

He also recommended the introduction of promotion and relegation clauses in player contracts in the form of fixed percentages.

Clubs entering the EFL should be given a three-year grace period to set up a grass pitch, and the review also calls on the government and the UK Football Police Unit to work on a pilot scheme to allow the sale of alcohol on sight of the land. during National League and Ligue 2 matches.

He also called on the game to provide better mental health support for exiting players, especially at the academy level, and for a similar review to be carried out for women’s football.

What was the reaction?

Nigel Huddleston said the government will bring forward any legislation required as part of the review as soon as possible.

Nigel Huddleston said the government will bring forward any legislation required for the review (PA) as soon as possible

The Football Supporters Association – of which chief executive Kevin Miles was a member of the review committee – welcomed the recommendations.

“This is potentially a huge step forward for football governance,” said Miles. “It is now up to the government to act on the recommendations. “

The government supports the IREF idea in principle and is expected to issue a written ministerial statement on Thursday.

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