We need a fit and proper Owners’ and Directors’ Test
The Owners’ and Directors’ Test of the English Football League (EFL) does not keep unsuitable owners out of the game. The test did not prevent Bury from being ruined by its owners and being thrown out of the League. As a Guardian article commentated at the time, “it shows that there is no protection in this world for the social and cultural capital that football clubs exemplify, for the regulatory systems designed to protect them are broken.”
Now Wigan have been relegated, after 12 points were deducted when the club was put into administration. The new owner put it into administration just weeks after taking over the club. Their fans have launched a petition asking the government to review the need for a statutory owners and Directors test to ensure it is fit for purpose and protects clubs in the future.
The Government will respond to any petition that receives more than 10,000 signatures and Wigan’s petition already has more than that. If a petition gets more than 100,000 signatures, it will be debated in Parliament; Wigan fans need some help in reaching that number. What happened to Bury and to Wigan could happen to other clubs too. Birmingham City fans should understand that. One of our previous owners was convicted of money laundering and ended up in prison. Blues Trust is keen to see this issue debated in Parliament, it is a step towards better protection for football fans from unscrupulous owners.
So click here to view the petition and consider signing it.
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