Gov ready to legislate if reforms are not forthcoming.
The government has sent a stark warning to English football that it must reform according to BBC Sport.
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Reforms must have begun within the next year, the government say, or else new legislation will be introduced.
The ultimatum is emanating from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, whose report outlines government concerns about the financial management of the game, the balance of power between the Premier League and the Football Association, and the impact of high degrees of risk-taking amongst club owners.
‘We have been clear that we want the football authorities to carry out the reforms they promised by the start of the 2013-14 season – most notably around improved governance and diverse representation at the FA, the development of a licensing system and greater financial transparency’, said Hugh Robertson MP, Sports Minister.
‘If football does not deliver then we will look at bringing forward legislation.’
The relationship between fans and clubs was highlighted recently after it was revealed that Manchester City fans returned almost 1000 away tickets for their game with Arsenal after being asked to fork out £62 for a ticket.
The new proposals are intended to ensure fans have greater influence over how their clubs are run and prevent reoccurrences of the type of situation that happened at clubs such as Portsmouth, Luton Town and Leeds United.
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