MP’s enquiry lays bare football’s governance failures

22 October 2019

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Photo: Getty Images “Everyone has to comply with the law of the land…. [There’s a belief] that football authorities should be a self governing world, but you’re dealing with some people with deep pockets and who are very tenacious,” said the chairman of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, Damian Collins, yesterday at a Parliamentary enquiry.

FA chairman: “The FA only got involved after Bury were expelled from the Football League.” 

 MP suggests Parliament give football authorities statutory powers.

Rogue owners took £1 million out of Bury.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

A Parliamentary enquiry has laid bare some of the regulatory failings that led to the collapse of Bury over the summer and brought Bolton Wanderers to the brink of financial meltdown.

In a damning indictment, the chairman of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, Damian Collins MP said that the EFL had “failed in its duty” towards Bury fans, while his colleague Ian Lucas, the Wrexham MP, professed himself “stunned” at the FA’s inaction over the club’s collapse.

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