The Premier League faces an enquiry from the government into it’s own governance, in a quite ironic case, which chief executive, Richard Scudamore, has vowed to “fight his corner.”
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee are after answers to five key questions, as part of their investigation, including whether football authorities are fit to run the sport.
Scudamore has vowed to consider any points raised, but is not duty bound to commit to any recommendations.
”It’s not a court ruling, it’s not a legal decision we have to abide by, but clearly if they are proportionate, sensible things, we will do what we can to adopt them,” he told the BBC.
“We don’t normally take the opposite stance unless we have to but if it’s something seismic we think will actually make the game worse, then we will fight our corner.”
The inquiry has been launched to establish answers to five key questions, which are:
Should football clubs in the United Kingdom be treated differently from other commercial organisations?
Is there too much debt in the professional game? (Ironic coming from the government)
Are football governance rules in England and Wales – and the governing bodies that set and apply them – fit for purpose?
What are the pros and cons of the supporter trust shareholding model?
Is government intervention justified? If so, what form should it take?
Scudamore was quick to defend the suggestion that supporters are ill served by the game they love.
”If some people hold that perception, then we have to do something about that,” he added.
“That’s either to take some actions to alter it, or to to actually engage in a better education programme to make sure some people understand the realities of it.”
Is football subject to excess and debt, or do we over look the charitable aspects of the game in favour of a cheap pop at how much money the players earn?