Blackpool Supporters' Trust's petition calling on the government to introduce an independent regulator for English football is live. Please sign, tell friends and family and Retweet.https://t.co/6smCqJ4sCG— BST (@BlackpoolST) 22 febbraio 2018
On 6 November 2017, the High Court found in favour of Mr Valeri Belokon, a minority shareholder in the club, who successfully argued that he had suffered prejudice at the hands of the Oystons during their business relationship.
In a damning judgement, Judge Marcus Smith condemned the Oystons as unreliable witnesses who had removed over £26 million from the club for non-footballing purposes after its one year in the Premier League in 2010-11.
Blackpool FC has become a by-word in the football community for mismanagement and crisis, and yet after a period several years, nothing has been done. The EFL shows no sign that it understands what its leadership role in this area should be, and as it clearly can’t - or won’t - rise to the challenge, then we feel that the Government must step in to lead the process of fundamental reform that is clearly needed.
Football clubs are too precious, and too much a part of the fabric of our national life, to be left to the mercy of unregulated and often unscrupulous ownership. They need the protection of a robust regulatory framework that offers a range of sanctions against wrongdoers, mechanisms that allow problems to be confronted before they become deep-rooted and a governing body that has the desire to use it.
- If you think that the Government should take ownership of this issue away from the EFL ; and
- If you think the Government should begin a process of complete regulatory overhaul
The petition has been reviewed by the government's e-Petition team and approved. The link to sign is shown below. Today, it is Blackpool FC. Help us get action now to avoid it ever being your club.
Link to petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/213108