IEA fellow Len Shackleton writes for Conservative Home
Its prime concern is with creating a new Football Association board, a plan to develop a new wide-ranging system of licensing/regulation of clubs, and with making major changes to the representative structures of the FA. It explicitly threatens to impose legislation in these areas if the football authorities fail to come up with agreement on these measures by the end of February next year.
Going beyond this, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s response gives official opinion on such matters as the creation of “supporters’ liaison officers” (a good idea, apparently), the sale of clubs’ grounds (a bad idea), the compulsory release of club players for internationals (a good idea) and so on. It also finds room to make the case for an FA campaign against “transphobia”. This isn’t the fear of losing your best player to a higher-paying rival, but rather the hostile response to those changing gender – a rare experience in football, I would have thought.
Read the rest of the article on Conservative Home.