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Football: Corruption

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of levels of corruption in football; and if he will make a statement. (171954)

We have been clear that the football authorities and clubs must demonstrate modern, competent governance and financial transparency if they are to protect the future integrity of the game.

Good progress has been made and I welcome the introduction of the semi-autonomous Football Regulatory Authority (FRA), the fit and proper persons test for club directors and the FA’s revised agents regulations which seek to prevent dual representation and other potential conflicts of interest.

I also welcome Lord Stevens’ recent inquiry into transfer dealings and fully support football authorities and City of London police in their on-going investigations in this area.

The Government are committed to ensuring that all clubs are run in the best possible way and can remain a focal point of their local community.

We have invested substantially in Supporters Direct to ensure fans have a central role in this process.