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EDM (Early Day Motion) 198: tabled on 30 June 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 11 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House regrets the elimination of the English football team from the World Cup; points out that all England players play in the Premier League which is the richest league in the world, with domestic television income totalling more than £5.6 billion during its current contracts; recalls that when the owners of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool conspired with the managing director of LWT and the chief executive of the Football Association to break away from the Football League in 1992, every single individual involved asserted that the intention of setting up the Premier League was to benefit the England team and not to make owners, players and their agents fabulously rich; notes that while vast amounts of money are now pouring into the Premier League, school and recreational football is played on deteriorating pitches and changing facilities are often decrepit and unhygienic and, therefore, believes that the time is right for the Government to impose a 50 per cent levy on all television monies coming into football, with the proceeds not going to the Treasury but ring-fenced and administered by a reformed Football Foundation, which would have a duty to ensure a more equitable redistribution of monies throughout professional football and would have responsibility for working with local authorities and schools to ensure that local pitches and facilities are radically improved; and further points out that even if a 50 per cent levy on all television money coming into football was to be implemented, the Premier League would still be the richest league in the world.