Football Regulator: ‘another expensive and unaccountable Quango’, says IEA expert


Housing and Planning

IEA research referenced in The Telegraph

Commenting on the introduction of legislation to create an independent football regulator, Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

English football is a global leader, with the richest and most successful club competition at elite level, watched by hundreds of millions worldwide. 

“Below the Premier League there is a vast ecosystem of professional and semi-professional leagues which supply live sport to millions across the country. It is a sport open to all ethnic groups, and in recent years has seen a massive increase in the visibility and popularity of the women’s game.

“All of this has been created by over 150 years of private initiative and private money. Yet here comes a government on its last legs, creating an ‘Independent Regulator’. 

“This would be another expensive and unaccountable Quango that will interfere with property rights, impose a crippling bureaucracy complete with the usual box-ticking woke demands, allow arbitrary redistribution, restrict competition and hamper new entrants.”


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In March 2022, Len co-authored Red Card: Why English Football doesn’t need an independent regulator.

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