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Football Governance

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Agents call for return of regulation

Football agents have called for the return of regulation of their activities.   This may sound like turkeys voting for an early Christmas, but they fear further damage to their already poor reputation.

The Association of Football Agents says that deregulation has created a system 'open to manipulation and abuse', calling for the Football Association to introduce a stricter licensing regime.  

New corruption allegations

A series of new allegations about corruption in football has emerged following the 'sting' which led to the termination of the contract of England manager Sam Allardyce.   If these allegations are shown to be true, it would suggest that there is a widespread problem of corruption in football.

B-teams idea knocked on the head

The idea of Premier League B-teams being allowed to play in a revamped Football League has been voted down.   It is allowed in Spain, and some Premier League clubs thought it might give their younger players more real match experience, but it was deeply unpopular with fans.

What can be done about rogue owners?

The problem of rogue owners at clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United persists.   There is no easy solution, although some ideas have been put forward and are discussed below.

During the past week a lot of the focus has been on Blackburn Rovers where there was a well-attended meeting called by two fan groups last Thursday.   In November 2010, when the Indian conglomerate Venky's, took over Blackburn were a stable, well-run Premier League club that had won the title under Jack Walker's benevolent ownership in 1995.

Worse than paint drying?

Never mind the paint drying trophy!  The successor to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the Checkatrade Trophy, gets under way tonight.  

Cautions and sending-offs are exclusive to the tournament and in normal circumstances won't affect other EFL or Premier League fixtures.  The EFL clubs will field a minimum of five 'First Team' players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition's existing rules, whilst the invited clubs will have at least six under-21 players in their starting line-up.

Worse than paint drying?

Never mind the paint drying trophy!  The successor to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the Checkatrade Trophy, gets under way tonight.  

Cautions and sending-offs are exclusive to the tournament and in normal circumstances won't affect other EFL or Premier League fixtures.  The EFL clubs will field a minimum of five 'First Team' players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition's existing rules, whilst the invited clubs will have at least six under-21 players in their starting line-up.

Putting Fifa's failure in context

Gerard Clarke has an interesting article in a recent issue of the Journal of Civil Society in which he seeks to put Fifa's governance failure in a broader context.

Brexit and football

Dr Dave Webber reviews the impact of Brexit on football, examining the movement of players, the financial implications for supporters and whether there would be any impact on the national team.

One topic he doesn't mention are the sometimes criticised transfer windows which were the result of a competition settlement with the EU over football broadcasting.

FC Twente to fight relegation punishment

FC Twente are to fight a decision to relegate them from the Dutch Eredivisie, which they won in 2010, to the second division for financial irregularities.   The decision stems from the sale of player transfer fee rights to outside investors.

The licensing commission could have revoked their right to play professional football altogether, but this would have been difficult with a well supported club.   However, relegation will strain their finances.

Football League proposes new structure

Concern about fixture congestion has led the Football League to propose a new structure below the Premier League, also opening up the possibility of a winter break.   The number of clubs would increase from 72 to 80.