More than 100,000 people have signed a parliamentary petition, launched by ex-footballers, calling for an independent regulator in English football. Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, and Gary Lineker are among 23 ex-players and journalists to undersign an open letter to fans.
They say April’s European Super League attempted breakaway demonstrates the need to reform the game’s governance. It must now be considered for a parliamentary debate. In addition to an independent regulator, the petition also calls for government legislation that would stop Premier League clubs from attempting to abandon the football pyramid.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all withdrew from the European Super League within 48 hours of its launch after fans protested. The move was criticized by the UK government, which has brought forward a fan-led review into English football that will consider ownership, finance, and supporter involvement in the game.
Speaking on Friday, sports minister Nigel Huddleston said the fan-led review into football will look into the possibility of an independent football regulator.