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Director Tony Davison positive on football's future after Parliament summit

18 January 2023

Director Tony Davison believes the future looks bright for EFL clubs after attending a Parliament summit ahead of the publication of the Football Governance White Paper.

The Government is set to unveil its plan for an independent regulator this month, in what will be the sport’s biggest shake-up in decades.

Mr Davison represented Crewe Alexandra at a meeting in the capital, where he discussed how to make the game fairer and more sustainable with fellow football leaders and MPs.

Dr Kieran Mullan, Crewe & Nantwich MP, also attended the meeting, and both emerged enthused and confident about the proposed changes.

Mr Davison said: “The meeting was aimed at agreeing cross-party support for the implementation of the key recommendations of the Fan-Led Review of Football Governance, chaired by Tracy Crouch MP. 

“There was a lot of thoughtful and constructive discussion, and I believe we can look forward to the English game becoming much more sustainable across the pyramid for years to come.

“I’m delighted Dr Kieran Mullan was able to attend the meeting, and that he has voiced his support for the key recommendations. 

“Now we look forward to the publication of the White Paper, and its positive journey through Parliament.”

The Government has accepted the key recommendations of the Fan-Led Review, which was launched in June 2021.

The recommendations include the creation of an independent regulator, who would impose stricter financial controls on clubs.

It also proposes to embed democratic supporter organisations within the heart of domestic football, and require the Premier League to make additional, proportionate financial contributions to the rest of the football pyramid.   

The White Paper, a policy document produced by the Government that sets out proposals for future legislation, is expected to be published before the end of January.

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