Fan-led football review chaired by Tracey Crouch to propose an independent regulator for the game

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The fan-led review into football was conducted after the European Super League debacle  (Getty Images)
The fan-led review into football was conducted after the European Super League debacle (Getty Images)

Tracey Crouch will propose an independent regulator for football when she publishes her final report from the fan-led review into the game on Wednesday evening.

The long-awaited report is expected to recommend a regulator be created to run a licensing system, giving the regulator the power to withdraw licences from clubs who tried to join breakaway competitions such as the European Super League.

It would also oversee the owners’ and directors’ test and require clubs to provide proof of financial sustainability, though Crouch is not expected to propose banning the kind of deals that led to the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.

The final report is also expected to call for Premier League parachute payments to be shared more equally between EFL Clubs.

It will recommend giving supporters a “golden share” in clubs and the power to veto things such as changing the club’s name, badge or kit colours, and the sale of their stadium.

Crouch, the former sports minister, is also expected to include a recommendation to consider lifting the 36-year ban on fans drinking alcohol in the stands.

The independent fan-led review was commissioned by the Government in April in the wake of the collapse of the European Super League, having been promised in the Conservative Party in their 2019 General Election manifesto. The Government has said it will support Crouch’s review by bringing forward any necessary legislation.

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