Mordaunt: Football rules are: ‘not fit for purpose’

CONCERN Penny Mordaunt MP
CONCERN Penny Mordaunt MP
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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has called on the government to reform football finance and governance rules.

Speaking at the business question session with Leader of the House Andrew Lansley in the House of Commons this morning, Ms Mordaunt, who has backed the Pompey Supporters’ Trust bid to take over at Fratton Park, said the current football governance rules are ‘not fit for purpose’.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘The house will be aware of the heroic efforts of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust in their quest to enable their community to own their club.

‘And it’s often seen having to do battle with football governance rules which are not fit for purpose, not least the fit and proper person test which is less rigorous than a five minute session on Google.

‘Given the importance of the national game to our communities is it not time we debated reform of football governance and finance in this place.’

Mr Lansley said he was aware of Ms Mordaunt’s support of the trust’s ‘trailblazing’ bid and said he is happy to refer the matter to Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson.

Mr Lansley said: ‘I am grateful to my honourable friend. I think she makes an important point and I am aware of the the way in which she has supported the Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust’s trailblazing bid.

‘I can very much appreciate the sentiments that she expresses. The government very much shares her view.

‘We need to impress upon the football authorities the need for stronger scrutiny of clubs at all levels and transparency about ownership.

‘She will be aware of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee enquiry into football governance.

‘I would be happy to refer this to the sports minister that she might also speak about this. And indeed not least in the light of the select committee’s enquiry there may be an opportunity based upon that for it to be considered by the house.’