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Football regulators, like referees, will still make mistakes

YES, of course there is right and wrong in football. Whether many will be cured by a regulator is very doubtful.

Finally, it is possible to give it another name – an arbiter.

Karren Brady claims a football regulator cannot completely prevent mistakes

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Karren Brady claims a football regulator cannot completely prevent mistakesPhoto credit: Getty
The verdict that football should have a regulator came from a fan-led review under Tory MP Tracey Crouch.

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The verdict that football should have a regulator came from a fan-led review under Tory MP Tracey Crouch.Photo credit: Rex

As is well known, that’s tricky, but our referees make a lot of mistakes, also with the help of several sides.

There would be nothing infallible about this newly minted bureaucrat either, and he will not be cheap.

The verdict that football should have a regulator came from a fan-led review under Tory MP Tracey Crouch.

It contains ten key points and includes an improved owner and director test – and more say for backers.

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Indeed, the costs of regularly checking club accounts, investigating alleged injustices, ensuring player expenses are capped at 70 per cent of a club’s revenue, and so on, will be huge.

And the problem is that 70 percent of Manchester UnitedThe earnings of , due to Champions League football, have given them a decent amount to spend.

Yet 70 per cent of Brentford’s earnings do not allow them to enter the competition. . .

I suspect most of that gets heaped on the Premier League, plus just a little on them FA.

The FA? It is a shocking comment on the effectiveness of the Governing Body that the report all but ignores it.

That government is now planning a quick implementation, but much of it should be greeted as a huge hole in Wembley’s pitch. An industry is being toyed with that works better than most and it’s hard to see what football has in common with banks or other financial institutions that also have regulators.

In my view there is only one way a regulator could prevent badly run or impoverished clubs from going bankrupt.

And that’s by milking the First League of huge sums – aka chewing the hand that feeds them.

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However, fans across all divisions could be prioritized with new measures

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However, fans across all divisions could be prioritized with new measuresPhoto credit: Getty

The case for the Premier League needs to be made. It has grown from the flimsy First Division into one of the largest domestic competitions in the world.

It has a worldwide audience and generates enough revenue to attract football enthusiasts and business people to club ownership.

She also gives money to countless good causes and to subordinate associations and is therefore an important benefactor.

I don’t want to suggest that we give suspicious characters free entry to clubs – including owners and agents.

But that also applies to many companies for which regulatory authorities would be poison.

However, football is both glamorous and successful, with plenty of television and fame.

Politicians are bound to find interference irresistible. Some even know the difference between Aston Villa and west ham.

Now we have to assume that the implementation of the ten key points is associated with costs.

Control and bureaucracy don’t come cheap, so much so that the whole thing could be in the HS2 money-wasting league.

But we have to remember the Premier League is the envy of world sport so why break them because Bury went broke?

It’s amazing that there are 92 full-time professional clubs in England and only Bury has gone out of business.

It would have done more if the Prem hadn’t been handing out heaps of cash during Covid.

Politicians are bound to find interference irresistible.  Some even know the difference between Aston Villa and West Ham.

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Politicians are bound to find interference irresistible. Some even know the difference between Aston Villa and West Ham.Photo credit: Getty

And for those who think the Prem should do more, we’re already giving away £1.6bn to other leagues, grassroots sport and charities over the next three seasons.

How much more giving can we do without damaging the front runners themselves?

The logic is flawed – why would Norwich, for example, give Stoke more money whose owners are worth £7bn?

And one of the big problems with the proposed directors and owners test is that those you might want to exclude are already here.

How do you uproot them? More work for the regulator I suppose?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18417855/football-regulator-referees-karren-brady-west-ham/ Football regulators, like referees, will still make mistakes

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