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AST to respond Parliamentary inquiry into Football Governance and Ownership issu

Posted Friday 17th December 2010

The Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentary Select Committee recently launched an inquiry into the governance of professional football clubs responding not only to the high-profile coverage of Liverpool and Manchester United, but also to broader concerns that current and future generations of football supporters of clubs across the country are ill-served by current football club regulations. The full terms of reference for the inquiry can be read here.
The coalition Governments policy statement included an undertaking to encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters, and this inquiry will consider the case for strategic Government intervention in the administration of professional football clubs. In so doing it will look at the scope for enhancing supporter involvement in decision-making processes and consider whether current regulatory processes including fit and proper persons tests are adequate.
The AST will be submitting evidence to the inquiry demonstrating the progress that has been made with the Arsenal Fanshare scheme in enabling more supporters to be involved in the ownership and the importance of the ownership model of football clubs being based upon custodianship and good management. This issue will be discussed further at the AST meeting on Monday 10 January.