Sunderland shareholder pushes for random real time auditing

4 August 2020

Sunderland
Photo: PA Images Talking to offthepitch.com, shareholder at Sunderland AFC, Charlie Methven, who produced a report with Damian Collins, former chairman of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in May called A" way forward for football", said real time auditing of football clubs would be a necessary trade-off for any capital injections using public money.

Charlie Methven says random audits key to clubs’ sustainability.

MP Damian Collins engaging politicians for support of proposal.

Club representatives question viability of approach.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

Random real time auditing of football clubs is essential in return for any government financial help that would ensure their long-term sustainability, according to Sunderland FC shareholder Charlie Methven.

He said that should a significant number of football clubs find themselves in financial jeopardy following the impact of coronavirus, calls for financial support from the government are more likely to be met if clubs can be investigated effectively.

Do you want to read this article?

Get instant access by signing up for a 7-day free trial

No credit card, no commitments and it will expire automatically.

You will receive a link that activates your trial in an email.