Football regulator needed because of Premier League clubs’ ‘greed’ and ‘arrogance’

Football regulator needed because of Premier League clubs’ ‘greed’ and ‘arrogance’

14 May 2024 0 By Total Football News

A football regulator is needed because Premier League clubs are “arrogant”, says Bolton chair Sharon Brittan.

She was addressing a select committee on Parliament’s Football Governance Bill on Tuesday.

The legislation would grant powers to a body, independent of government and football authorities, to oversee clubs in England’s top five men’s tiers.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said he was supportive of the bill’s objectives but was concerned about “unintended consequences”.

The phrase was also used in the Premier League’s statement about the proposed bill in March.

When pressed for an example, Masters said financial controls for 116 clubs could stop investment and “slow down the development of English football”.

Bolton’s Brittan was asked about Masters’ comments and criticised the top flight for its “greed”.

“I think they have conducted themselves poorly – I don’t think they have presented themselves in the right way,” she said.

“I think they are arrogant, I think they think they are an island on their own and sailing off and forgetting 14 clubs in the Premier League have come from the English Football League (EFL).

“‘Unintended consequences’ – I’d love to sit down with Richard. They are just words, there are no arguments behind the words.

“In my opinion this is back to greed, envy, jealousy. I cannot comprehend how someone can view this through that lens when we are a football pyramid. What we do as custodians affects this country and beyond.”

Bolton are in the play-offs after finishing third in League One and were last in the Premier League in the 2011-12 season.

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