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Friday 09 March 2012

Scudamore praises governance response

Premier League Chief Executive commends Football authorities

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has praised the way in which football's authorities have come together to review football governance in England.

The Football Association, Premier League, Football League and National Game have made public their joint response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on football governance which was published last summer.

"It's a commendable piece of work in our view, done collegiately"
- Richard Scudamore

The document, which was given to the Government last week, addresses subjects such as improving decision-making processes across the game and the composition of the FA Board, as well as how clubs engage with supporters.

"It's a commendable piece of work in our view, done collegiately," said Scudamore.

"In my time here I don't ever think we've had the clarity like we have in this document in terms of who does what and how.

"We have always had good working relationships between the professional game and the national game but it's the clarity of how decisions are made and who is responsible for which bits, that I think has not always been that clear, certainly not to the outside world.

"That in some ways is the most important part, together with this agreed vision as to what we are and what we do."

Benefit English football

The briefing at Wembley Stadium was also attended by FA Chairman David Bernstein, Football League Chairman Greg Clarke and National Game FA Board Member Barry Bright.

And Bernstein paid tribute to the efforts that have been made in the production of the response.

"A tremendous amount of excellent work has gone into this document," he said.

"A tremendous amount of excellent work has gone into this document"
- David Bernstein

"[The Government] urged football to get together in the interests of the wider game and it is with some pride that I chaired a body working together in a good spirit, in a strategic and collegiate way. That in itself is really an important statement.

"We used this opportunity to build on the recommendations for the benefit of all of us in English football. It's been an attempt to deal with these key structural issues and we all believe this document does that successfully.

"We received an endorsement to take matters forward to an approval and implementation stage."

The main points of the document include the reduction of the FA Board to between eight and 12 members by the start of the 2013/14 season at the latest and the formation of a separate regulatory body - the FA Regulatory Authority - as well as the introduction of an FA Club Licence.

And Scudamore believes the way in which roles are defined across the game is one of the key positives of the document.

"We are the FA," added Scudamore. "The Premier League are, the Football League are, the National Game are, as are the clubs and the stakeholders.

"It is absolutely right that we do certain things together and it's also right that there’s things we do by ourselves.

"At least it's articulated. Those bits we are doing by ourselves and those bits we are going to do together. That’s why it benefits everybody, because it's reputationally better for the game."

The full document is available on premierleague.com - click here to view.

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Key Points

  • FA, Premier League and Football League brief on football governance
  • Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore praises work done by football authorities
  • Full briefing document available on premierleague.com
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