Premier League resigned to independent regulator amid club fears of putting off foreign investors

Incoming: The publication of the white paper is due this week  (Getty Images)
Incoming: The publication of the white paper is due this week (Getty Images)

The Government white paper pushing for the introduction of an independent regulator for football is expected to be published on Thursday.

Its publication had been due the week Manchester City were hit with multiple charges over financial fair play by the Premier League but was delayed in the midst of the furore surrounding that.

Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch recommended an independent regulator following her 162-page fan review of the sport at the end of November 2021, although Premier League clubs have been reluctant to back such a move.

The clubs fear it could act as a stumbling block to further big-money investors and there are also concerns in regard to how much money they will be expected to hand down to the English Football League to support the other tiers of the game.

The EFL wants as much as 25 per cent of the Premier League’s TV income to be distributed to its clubs.

Among the powers expected to be handed to the regulator is being put in charge of the owners’ and directors’ tests, which have been questioned in some quarters.

The Premier League is thought to be resigned to the introduction of the independent regulator, which has also received the backing of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.