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READ | MILLERS THANK EFL AND LOCAL MPS AS FOOTBALL GOVERNANCE BILL ARRIVES IN PARLIAMENT

19 March 2024

Club News

READ | MILLERS THANK EFL AND LOCAL MPS AS FOOTBALL GOVERNANCE BILL ARRIVES IN PARLIAMENT

19 March 2024

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Following this morning’s confirmation of the arrival of the Football Governance Bill to Parliament, Rotherham United would like to reaffirm our support of the Bill and our thanks to the EFL, Government, DCMS and individuals who have helped to progress the process to this stage.

It is our strong belief here that this Bill will play a significant role in reshaping the football financial landscape and fix the currently broken model through the involvement of an independent regulator.

We would like to place on-record our thanks to all of the aforementioned parties, and specifically, our local MPs Sarah Champion and John Healey who have been working closely with us to support the Bill.

We are also keen to stress that it is apparent that the feelings of Rotherham United towards the Football Governance Bill are widely shared throughout the game, with evidence of a real collective belief that it would be a welcome change to clubs at all levels in football.

Speaking following confirmation of the Football Governance Bill’s arrival to Parliament today, Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart said:

“Today’s events will be hugely significant for our sport in ensuring that a fair and sustainable financial model exists for all clubs.

“From the outset we have been right behind the EFL’s efforts and have been much gratified by the support of our own local MPs Sarah Champion and John Healey and the work that they have put in to ensure that the Bill has been elevated to Parliament. The time that they have dedicated shows that clubs like ours are the beating heart of our communities and need to be protected.

“The fact that the new Independent Football Regulator will be enshrined in law will ensure that clubs  have their long-term financial futures safeguarded and guarantee the integrity of the fantastic competition that we have in the EFL.

“Undoubtedly, the financial gap has become more difficult to bridge over recent years and we are confident that this new legislation will create a more level playing field on which clubs throughout the pyramid are able to compete with one another without over-reaching financially.

“We will continue to assist the many organisations and individuals who have worked tirelessly on the Football Governance Bill and on behalf everyone at Rotherham United, I would like to reaffirm our sincere thanks to those same people.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne John Healey, who wrote to the Culture Secretary calling for the reforms to be included in the Queen’s speech in May 2022 and has since championed the Bill.

“The introduction of the Football Governance Bill is welcome but it’s 13 years since the Select Committee originally recommended greater regulation in football.

“ Together with Sarah Champion I’ve met with Rotherham United Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas, about the issue on several occasions to talk about rebalancing the relationship between fans and clubs and between the biggest names in the Premier League and the smaller clubs lower down the leagues.

“It’s important that the new regulator defends the interest of fans, ensures the financial sustainability of the football pyramid and has the powers it needs to protect our clubs.”


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