Football White Paper

25 Apr 2023

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham, Ladywood has shared an update on her engagement with the Sports Minister regarding the White Paper “Reforming Club Football Governance”. The White Paper was published in February and followed on from the recent Fan Led Review of football.

Blues Trust has pushed hard for the reform of football governance, not least because of ongoing issues with our own club, and will continue to do so. It is encouraging to see a local MP share the concerns that the Trust and countless supporters have for the future well being of Birmingham City FC.

The update from Shabana is below….

This week I’ve written to the Sports Minister to share my views on the Football White Paper.

Following a meeting with representatives from the Blues Trust, I’ve relayed their comments on where the proposed legislation could be strengthened.

This includes extending compulsory fan advisory boards, expanding the regulator’s powers, and the ability to give trusted third parties the power to step in and run clubs as a last resort.

Read the letter in full here.

I look forward to engaging with the government further when it hosts regional roundtables on the proposals.

Rest assured, I am closely monitoring news of a potential takeover, and will continue to amplify the voices of fans in my work.

Shabana Mahmood
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood


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