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20 March 2024

BURTON Albion Chairman Ben Robinson REX Features/Shutterstock
BURTON Albion Chairman Ben Robinson
Club News


20 March 2024

BURTON Albion Chairman Ben Robinson has joined the EFL in welcoming the Football Governance Bill.

The bill and the establishment of a football regulator are seen as important in ensuring a fairer distribution of football finances and that the game thrives at all levels.

The Brewers Chairman said: “We hope this proves to be a key moment in delivering long-talked about reform and ensuring that the vast wealth generated at the top of the game is more effectively distributed.

“A fairer distribution would support clubs like Burton Albion who do so much to support their local communities as we have seen with our vaccination centre which has now delivered more than 750,000 Covid and flu vaccinations.

“Football clubs are the heartbeat of their communities and a wider distribution will help support the many things clubs do locally to help so many people.”

EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “The EFL welcomes today’s arrival of the Football Governance Bill to Parliament in what we hope will be an important milestone to help us secure the long-term financial sustainability of England’s football pyramid.

“If delivered on the right terms, this landmark legislation can help fix the game’s broken financial model by offering the independent input ultimately needed to help ensure that all clubs can survive and thrive in a fair and competitive environment.

“The establishment of the Independent Football Regulator will be at the heart of this reform, and we are encouraged that the Regulator will be given backstop powers to deliver financial redistributions should the game be unable to agree a deal itself.

“In recent years, we have been working with Government and across Parliament on a cross-party basis. It is clear there is an appreciation of just how important professional clubs are to their communities and why they must be protected.

"We are pleased that the Government has stated its commitment to the State of the Game Review which will provide the basis for the Independent Regulator’s work in making the game financially sustainable.

“The League looks forward to contributing to that Review while simultaneously working with EFL clubs, Parliamentarians, and officials to ensure that the Football Governance Bill is fit for purpose and can deliver the best regulatory regime to safeguard our game for generations.”

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