Football authorities were given 12 months to make some changes in the way the game runs, otherwise they will face changes to the law.
It was proved after a report that football authorities took almost no action to implement the changes that the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee recommended in July 2011.
Even the sports minister described football in the UK as “the worst governed sport in this country”.
The idea of this report is to propose ways which will help English clubs become more responsible with their finance and also give fans more opportunities to give their opinions on the running of the clubs.
It turned out that the three main football authorities- the Football Association, Premier League and Football League- disappointed the committee.
The expected reforms had to do much about the balance between the FA and the Premier League because Premier League is now the dominant one.
Due to this report if authorities did not make the steps needed the legislation would be introduced to enforce Financial Fair Play rules. These are made in a way that they limit the amount that clubs can spend in comparison to the amount that they earn.
The three football authorities made a statement saying they had done just enough:
“Significant headway has already been made on many of these proposed reforms, not least on sustainability and transparency….the remaining reform proposals are the subject of consultation within the game and we are confident that the necessary progress will be made.”
Despite this statement Hugh Robertson said they could do more:
“We have been clear that we want the football authorities to carry out the reforms they promised by the start of the 2013-14 season – most notably around improved governance and diverse representation at the FA, the development of a licensing system and greater financial transparency”.
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