Thursday 07 February 2013

Premier League clubs agree new financial rules

The enhanced regulations are designed to further improve the sustainability of clubs

The Premier League Clubs today agreed in principle to a system of enhanced financial regulations, which are designed to further improve the sustainability of clubs.

The new elements of Premier League Financial Regulation include a sustainability clause that will require clubs to work towards break-even, while allowing a degree of owner investment going in as equity.

A short-term cost control protocol was also agreed, which would limit the amount clubs could raise their player costs by above an agreed floor from centrally distributed revenue.

"I would like to thank the clubs for the time, effort and thought that they have applied throughout this process"
Richard Scudamore

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: "Over the past decade the Premier League has enjoyed unprecedented growth driven by the performance of the clubs and the strength of the competition. With that growth challenges have presented themselves, and it is of great credit to the clubs that they have always been alive to these challenges and adopted the appropriate governance measures when necessary.

"The Rule Book has been enhances over recent years with the introduction of, for example, the Owners' and Directors' Test, Future Financial Information, Means and Abilities Test, HMRC Quarterly Reporting and Directors' Reports.

"Today the clubs have voted in principle for new Financial Regulations that will further benefit the sustainable running of their businesses, while allowing secure owner investment, as well as enhance the reputation of the Premier League as an organisation that takes its responsibilities in the governance arena seriously.

 "I would like to thank the clubs for the time, effort and thought that they have applied throughout this process and the attention they have applied to helping secure the continued success and health of Premier League football both on and off the pitch."

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Key Points

  • Premier League clubs agree in principle to new financial regulations
  • The enhanced rules aim to further improve sustainability of the clubs
  • Regulations require clubs to work towards break-even while allowing a degree of owner investment