If other industries allowed football’s regulatory failings “the public would be screaming from the roofs, as would the politicians.”

28 June 2021

Amanda Staveley
Photo: Alamy Businesswoman Amanda Staveley in the stands during a Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle back in 2017. She had the role as a dealmaker last year when a consortium consisting of Saudi Arabia's Public Invesment Fund, the Reuben Brothers and herself failed to buy the Toon Army. The collapsed deal is just one of many incidents in European football that ended up in court - maybe because there is a serious lack of regulator in the industry?

Regulatory expert says that the appointment of an independent regulator to English football would set an example to the rest of the world and boost the game’s commercial potential.

Football’s appetite for enforcement is “pathetic” and dominated by a “boys club” ethic to self-regulate,” says Toby Duthie, founding partner of Forensic Risk Alliance.

“You can have the best regulator in the world, but if it's not regulated, it doesn't have the chops to actually ban people…then it becomes fairly pointless.”

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

One of Europe’s leading forensic accountants and regulatory investigators tells Off The Pitch that the British government should “seize the opportunity” to give English football an independent regulator and set an example for excellence in global sporting governance.

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