Does English Football Need an Independent Regulator?


  • 21/03/2022
    17:00 - 19:00
Speakers: Victoria Hewson (Chair), Damian Collins MP, Jonathan Gullis MP, Simon Jordan (former Chairman, Crystal Palace), Professor Len Shackleton

Date & Time: Monday 21 March, 5-7pm followed by a drinks reception

On Monday, the Institute of Economic Affairs will be publishing Red Card – a new briefing paper exploring the arguments for and against the recommendations of the recent Fan Led Review of Football Governance.

The Review sees the main purposes of a new independent regulator (IREF) being to ensure financial stability, a bigger role for fans in influencing business decisions, and improvements to governance.

But this new report casts doubt on the need for and advantages of a new state-mandated regulatory system. Its authors express concern that the Review did not attempt a cost-benefit analysis. The government, the report argues, should not have rushed to endorse the Review’s findings without better evidence of the claimed benefits and consideration of the associated costs.

Spaces are limited and will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please RSVP to [email protected]