London (AFP) – Football Association chairman Greg Clarke will be quizzed by members of parliament on October 17 after last week’s newspaper allegations of corruption in the English game.
A Daily Telegraph investigation into the dealings of managers in the transfer market has already led to Sam Allardyce losing his job as England boss after he made a series of embarrassing comments about loopholes in the banned practice of third-party ownership of players.
Several other high-profile figures were also linked with allegations of corruption and the government is keen to probe the matter with senior figures in the FA.
Joining Clarke in front of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee will be the FA’s director of governance and regulation Darren Bailey and the pair should expect a bruising session.
A statement from the 10-strong, cross-party parliamentary committee on Tuesday read: “Recent events have highlighted the continuing major failings in the current system of football governance in the UK, as well as internationally.
“The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has repeatedly urged the football authorities to improve self-governance.
“Although the committee’s recommendations have been backed by successive sports ministers and progress has been promised by the FA, in practice very little has changed: the governance of football is cumbersome and power lies with the clubs, especially in the Premier League.
“Real reform in relation to the ownership of clubs, transfers of players, the influence of fans, the role of agents and investment in the grassroots, amongst other issues, has stalled.”
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