Column: Football needs a zero-tolerance approach to transparency and good governance across all future developments

24 May 2021

Jason Traub
Photo: Alamy "With proposed regulatory and structural developments gaining traction at considerable speed, the priority of all stakeholders must be to shine a spotlight on the need for a balanced, coordinated, and transparent process of review," writes CEO at 23 Capital, Jason Traub, in his column.

What many miss in the debate about the future of European football are the uncomfortable relationships between the game's key strategic drivers.

The proposal of The European Super League was another stark illustration of these tensions.

The mismanaged launch of the European Super League bears echoes of Christmas past: the lack of transparency and poor governance that has previously blighted football.

The UK government might be tempted to install a German-style governance structure in football - the 50+1 rule – but such a shake up could deter new investors at a time when private equity investment in football is on the rise.

Jason Traub, CEO 23 Capital contact@offthepitch.com

As we head towards only the third all-English Final in Champions League history, the fallout from the failed European Super League proposals will be front of mind for clubs, players and fans alike.

With so much emotion running high across various football stakeholders, it is at times easy to get lost in the noise, or at least to be easily distracted by those who shout loudest or have the biggest presence across the media.

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