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Minister blasts Brit soccer governance
The Telegraph, January 20th, 2011 10:42PM

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United Kingdon Minister of Sport Hugh Robertson has harsh words about how British soccer is run and "action is needed."

"Issues of football governance need attention and need action and that is precisely why the select committee has responded to levels of anxiety across the House and announced their investigation,” said Robertson. "If you look across sport, it is very clear to me that football is the worst governed sport in this country, without a shadow of a doubt. The levels of corporate governance that apply to football lag far behind other sports and other sports are by no means beacons in this regard.”

Henry Winter writes that the English "FA is an easy target, partly because of its track record for poor leadership with chairmen and chief executives coming and going so quickly. The organization’s lack of leadership, and lack of credibility worldwide, were confirmed during the failed bid for the 2018 World Cup. A strange culture permeates the FA, often changing rational newcomers into self-aggrandizing characters the moment they don the office blazer with Three Lions on it. ...

"Tackling the ... the FA is one thing. For the Government to take on the slick executives of the Premier League would be a heavyweight bout. The Premier League is an incredibly successful, money-spinning entity which generates billions in television revenue. The many legitimate concerns over ownership, wages and ticket prices have yet to inhibit the Premier League’s phenomenal popularity."

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