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Will Independent Regulation Be Coming To English Football?

In an interesting coincidence with matters on Tyneside this week, Labour MP for the city of Chester Chris Matheson presented a bill for the independent regulation of football at the House of Commons.

This is a Tweet from the MP prior to presenting it:

First reading of the bill went forth as planned on Wednesday, June 26th, just two days after Newcastle made their infamous statement on Rafa Benitez’s departure.

Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah was in attendance and is also a co-sponsor.  She famously met with Mike Ashley this past January

The motion by MP Matheson detailed the situations of clubs like Blackpool, Coventry, and Bolton whose fans have been grievously let down by their owners.

Gateshead FC got a mention with their recent turmoil but, unfortunately, there was no mention of Mike Ashley and Newcastle United.

He did speak of the inadequacy of the owners and directors test, which would only be relevant for past criminal history and could not prevent a club from being bought by someone with questionable intentions.

The aim of the bill is to have independent regulation of football clubs outside of the owners.

This is part of what MP Matheson said:

A regulatory body under the auspices of the FA, adequately funded and suitably staffed, with effective regulations and the power to enforce them, could restore faith in the running of the game.

While the actual bill is not available yet online, the motion can be read here.

Second reading has not yet been scheduled but we will keep an eye out for it.



51 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #41

    Sergio Conceicao has been linked to the soon-to-be vacant manager’s role at Newcastle United but reportedly has a huge release clause to break away from his contract at FC Porto.

    The 44-year-old only signed an extension to his current deal back in March which ties down him until 2021, and the deal reportedly included an increase in his release meaning any club wanting to take him would have to pay £18million.

    *well that’s him off the list , Ashley wont pay £18m for a player never mind a manager*

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #42

    This seasons trip to China is designed to promote Sports Direct and Newcastle to a new market well how’s it going to look when we get pumped 5 or 6 nil in every game?

    Not really the sort of brands that the Asian market likes to get involved with from the UK

  • ToonRich

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #43

    Off topic, AC Milan just been banned from Europa League next season. FFP breaches! Man City next?

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #44

    Obviously no company has 350 million quid sloshing around in back pocket as all the companies wealth is tied up in assets, some of which are not easily disposed of – It would be unusual however for a percentage of a companies capital not to be tied up in high quality liquid assets meaning they should be able to sell these quickly in the event of requiring immediate cash – I haven’t been able to find accounts of BZG anywhere online – anyone ?

  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #45

    Sorry, Redfearn Managed Rotherham and was sacked when they were 22nd in The Championship. He then managed Liverpool Ladies and left after 1 game, a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal.

    Even the Fatman couldn’t appoint Redfearn full time could he? Redfearn seems happiest and suited to an academy role. I am sure nothing will be sorted before China so we will see some soundbites and maybe even pre-match press conferences. But even they could not be so stupid as to have him as caretaker at the start of the season!!!

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #46

    See it’s reported that Manu has increased their bid to 30m for Longstaff, should we be worried?

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #47

    Either way can see Longstaff agent asking for a pay rise to match his new valuation, be a bloody shame if Ashley sells him. He could be worth a fortune IF he stays for another season.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 28, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #48

    Bills Son…………… You didn’t explain what all the people who have previously tried to buy the club stood to gain from spending their money on due diligence and legal fees only to realise that they didn’t have enough money to complete the purchase.
    I can’t imagine that the publicity gained from spouting hot air as you call it would be in any way beneficial balanced out against the cost of being exposed as tyre kickers or time wasters .
    Maybe because they weren’t actually going to receive what they thought they were buying from Ashley would be a better explanation as to why the club still isn’t sold.

  • magicmac54

    Jun 28, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #49

    irish Rob, that was a fantastic video you posted with John Giles comments about the way Ashley is running our club, just purley for profit, i miss Jong Giles on the RTE Panel, he has a vast knowledge about football and he was spot on in all his comments about what Ashley is doing to Newcastle and the way he has no connection to Newcastle or thier amazing loyal fans, iam also from Ireland Irish Rob, and ive supported Newcastle from i was 7 years old, iam 65 now, and i just love Newcastle United and all those amazing and loyal fans, and the geordie people are simply the salt of the earth, i loo forward to the day we can finally get our club back and finally see the end to that parasite Ashley who is distroying our fantastic club. HWTL.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #50

    Magicmac, and so say all of us. Good to hear from another Irish fan. Well done Giles. He also hated Fat Sam by the way 🙂

  • magicmac54

    Jun 28, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #51

    Great to hear from you Munster Mag, and its a plessure to hear from fellow Irish people who support this great club Newcastle United, iam from Portadown County Armagh, in the North of Ireland Munster Mag, with your name your obviously from Munster he he he. HWTL


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