LOCAL Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher reassured football fans on Sky News to that he will support the Government’s actions to protect domestic and grassroots football in England.
This comes after 12 breakaway European clubs announced plans to form a new European league, plans that have been strongly criticised by fans, representatives and supporter’s groups across Britain.
Mr Pincher re-iterated his support for the national game – ‘We don’t want to see a footballing elite, which is by the elite, for the elite and of the elite,’ – and will support the Prime Minister as he has announced the Government will closely monitor the proposals and consider all actions to protect English football.
The proposals would see the ‘big 6’ English football teams join the new league as founding members and not participate in the current European football competitions. Instead, the new league would be formed apart from UEFA, European football’s governing body, with founding clubs not facing relegation or having to qualify to take part.
The Prime Minister, and Sports Secretary Oliver Dowden, announced that the Government is committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent this breakaway league and may have to consider legal action as outraged fans across England have spoken out against proposals. The actions of the fans, pundits and the Government has seen all 6 English clubs withdraw from the Super League.
This would have seen Midlands clubs like Aston Villa and Wolves unable to access the new European League unless specific criteria are met and jeopardise high-level domestic competitions such as the Premier League and Championship.
Grassroots and non-professional leagues would also be impacted by the plans. A report commissioned by the Government will examine the structure of football in the United Kingdom and how fans and grassroots football can best be supported by examining the financial flows and regulation of the English football pyramid.
Last year, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the largest provider of non-league funding, invested over £70,000 to make vital improvements to the Lamb Ground, home of Tamworth FC.
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP:
‘As the Prime Minister has said, we, as a Government, will do all we can to safeguard English football for the fans who make this sport what it is. For the clubs involved to turn their backs on their fans at such an important time as we come out of lockdown is wrong.’
‘We have a strong footballing identity in the West Midlands and our clubs have themselves been champions of England and Europe. I will continue to support the Government as it takes action to make sure this issue is not dictated by the elite and the fans continue to be at the heart, long-term, of football’s future in this country.’