In a report published on Tuesday 29 January 2013, the Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee issued an ultimatum to the game of English football: make the necessary reforms within 12 months or face possible legislation.
The Committee had reported on domestic football governance in July 2011 and in this Football Governance Report Follow-Up noted its disappointment with the football authorities’ response.
John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “While some progress has been achieved, much greater reform in football is needed to make the game inclusive, sustainable and driven from the grass roots, where it should be. The proposals for reform so far simply don’t address the fundamental problems: the licensing model, the way supporters are engaged at club level and the membership of the Main Board, which is not fully representative or able to balance interests adequately.
“In addition, the financial proposals were hugely disappointing: the financial risk-taking by clubs is a threat to the sustainability of football as a family and community orientated game, which it should be. This is a central issue which must be addressed and real solutions – and the will to make the necessary changes – have been glaringly absent from the proposals so far.
“We recommend that the DCMS make it clear to the football authorities that further progress on these issues is expected within twelve months. If football cannot reform itself, the Government should introduce legislation as soon as practically possible.”
Blues Trust was one of a number of organisations that provided written submissions to the Football Governance follow-up.
The report is available at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee website here.