Football Governance Inquiry
|Date||8 February 2011|
The Football Governance Inquiry was a British public inquiry into the governance of football in the United Kingdom. The inquiry was announced on 7 December 2010.
John Whittingdale, the Committee Chair said: "The Government has said that it will encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters, and there is widespread concern that the current governance arrangements are not fit-for-purpose."
The committee of inquiry, the members comprises:
|John Whittingdale MP (Chair)||Conservative||Maldon|
|Louise Bagshawe MP||Conservative||Corby|
|David Cairns MP||Labour||Inverclyde|
|Therese Coffey MP||Conservative||Suffolk Coastal|
|Damian Collins MP||Conservative||Folkestone and Hythe|
|Philip Davies MP||Conservative||Shipley|
|Paul Farrelly MP||Labour||Newcastle-under-Lyme|
|Alan Keen MP||Labour Co-op||Feltham and Heston|
|Adrian Sanders MP||Liberal Democrat||Torbay|
|Jim Sheridan MP||Labour||Paisley and Renfrewshire North|
|Tom Watson MP||Labour||West Bromwich East|
After several high-profile controversial events in football including but not limited to Thaksin Shinawatra's ownership of Manchester City F.C., leveraged buyouts by Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool F.C. and Malcolm Glazer at Manchester United, Portsmouth F.C.'s administration and four successive ownerships within the space of 12 months, public in-fighting within The Football Association, England's unsuccessful multi-million pound bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, record high amount of money being paid to sports agents and record numbers of clubs entering administration, there was scope to see what could be done to improve Governance of football in United Kingdom.
Members of the public were asked to submit written evidence for the inquiry, the following questions were asked:
- Should football clubs in the UK be treated differently from other commercial organisations?
- Are football governance rules in England and Wales, and the governing bodies which set and apply them, fit for purpose?
- Is there too much debt in the professional game?
- What are the pros and cons of the Supporter Trust share-holding model?
- Is Government intervention justified and, if so, what form should it take?
- Are there lessons to be learned from football governance models across the UK and abroad, and from governance models in other sports?
The Government published a 447-page document containing written information from members of the public, football supporters' trusts, universities and football clubs notably Chester F.C. and Scarborough Athletic F.C.
|8 February 2011||Portcullis House||Video stream|
|15 February 2011||Portcullis House||Video stream|
|8 March 2011||Palace of Westminster||Video stream|
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|22 March 2011||Portcullis House||Video stream|
|29 March 2011||Wembley Stadium||Video stream|
|5 April 2011||Palace of Westminster||Video stream|
|26 April 2011||Palace of Westminster||Video stream|
|10 May 2011||Palace of Westminster||Video stream|
- "Committee launches inquiry on Football Governance". parliament.uk. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- Bond, David (8 March 2011). "Is football governance inquiry too broad to hit target?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- "Written Evidence – at 8 February 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- "Committee to hear from former FA insiders". parliament.uk. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- Football Governance Inquiry at www.parliament.uk