Is a football regulator necessary?

Is English football broken? Should government try to fix it? And are any of the proposals in the Fan-Led Review of Football proportionate or necessary? At this lively and fascinating debate, former Crystal Palace Chairman Simon Jordan and Member of Parliament Damian Collins join the IEA’s Victoria Hewson and Professor Len Shackleton to discuss the Crouch Review, the risks, and whether it’s time English Football was overseen by an “independent regulator”.

Simon is a serial entrepreneur, who had run a vast array of successful business across several industries. In 2000 he purchased Crystal Palace Football Club and remained chairman of the club for over a decade. He is currently a TalkSPORT co-presenter.

Damian is Member of Parliament for Folkstone and Hythe, and was formerly Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Victoria Hewson is Head of Regulatory Affairs at the IEA. Len Shackleton is an IEA Fellow and Professor of Economics at the University of Buckingham. They are co-authors of the new report, Red Card, a copy of which can be found here: