Category: Football Governance

Bury Times: Select committee chair visits Bury as part of Shakers inquiry

BURY FC supporters and campaigners got the chance to sit down with the man at the head of the parliamentary inquiry into their crisis on Friday. Damian Collins MP, chair of the House of Commons' digital, culture, media and sport select committee quizzed EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans, the Football Association and others at a hearing […]

BBC Sport: EFL 'failed to execute rules' on finance with Bury

The Football League has been accused of "failing to execute" its own rules in the demise of Bury earlier this year. EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans was called to give evidence at the start of a select committee inquiry into football governance. Damian Collins told Jevans that, in his view, the EFL had not been […]

Latest Scandals Show We Have to Get Serious About Sports Crime

Tennis is now the latest sport in the spotlight, following allegations in an investigation by the BBC and BuzzFeed, of a match-fixing and gambling scandal involving a core group of 16 players, all of whom have ranked in the top 50 in the world. Some of these players are currently competing in the Australian Open […]

The pressure for change at the top of FIFA has become irresistable

As the leaders in world football meet in Zurich to vote for their next president, the growing pressure for change has become irresistible. Sepp Blatter’s defence against the terrible crisis that has gripped Fifa over the last few days is that it is unreasonable for him to have known what was going on within the […]

Sport is a vital pillar of our communities, which is why I'm committed to the fight against corruption in FIFA.

Organised sport and religion are the two ways that communities most frequently come together; and particularly so during the Christmas season. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, families and friends gather at their local church for the Nativity and the service at the crib. On Boxing Day, people flock to sporting events such as the […]

Members of Parliament call on FIFA to re-run the Qatar 2022 World Cup

The latest allegations that payments were made to FIFA officials by Mohamed Bin Hammam, in return for their support for the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid, are further cause for grave concern. If true, these allegations amount to a clear breach of FIFA rules which state that countries bidding to host the World Cup must […]

The Importance of Investing in Grassroots Sport

For football players and fans, May can be the cruellest month; a fact that was no more clearly demonstrated than in Folkestone Invicta's heart-breaking loss on penalties to Leatherhead in the play off final. Yet, once the dust settles on the season just gone, there will soon a new one to look forward to and […]

Football Governance Reformation Bill

On April 3rd 2014, I submitted a Bill to Parliament regarding the reformation of football governance in England. The Bill proposes that all football clubs in England would only be entitled to play in the top eight levels of professional and semi-professional if they publicly declare the ownership of the club. If enacted, the Bill […]

We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar

Like most people I have been appalled to read the recently published stories about the terrible conditions in which the builders and workers in Qatar who are constructing the infrastructure that will support the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that country, are being subjected to. It is shocking to hear about their lack of basic […]

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