Premier League Clubs To Meet To Discuss Tracey Crouch Review Call For Independent Regulator

Premier League clubs will meet later this week to discuss Tracey Crouch MP’s recommendation of an independent regulator for English football, as part of her fan-led review of the game.

West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and Christian Purslow, the Aston Villa chief executive, have publicly raised doubts about the proposal since the report’s publication last week.

Other clubs are also thought to be in firm opposition to what is viewed as political inference in the game and the hope is that a collective position can be established at this week’s meeting.

The Premier League said it was always the intention to hold a meeting to discuss Crouch’s recommendations once clubs had been given a chance to digest the 162-page report.

The proposed levy on transfers, which has been criticised by Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, and abolition of parachute payments are also expected to be met with opposition from within the top flight.

Crouch’s recommendations have been backed by Government and she hopes a regulator could be in place for the start of the 2023/24 season.

In an interview with the BBC last week, Masters said the top flight was “open” to independent regulation but included a number of caveats.

“We are open to an independent regulator and we want to discuss the detail of that with Government going forward,” Masters said.

“We won’t be resistant to change. We want to be careful that the right balance is struck, so we’re going to go back to those key principles that football is able to continue to be successful.”

Masters described Crouch’s proposed 10 percent levy on transfers as “too radical”, saying: “[The estimate annual levy of] £160million was described in the document as a relatively modest amount. I know it’s a crude way of doing it but if you divide that by 20, that’s £8m per Premier League club. That’s a lot of money. That’s over 5 percent of some Premier League clubs’ revenue.”

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