House of Commons
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE FINALS 2019
EDM #1882
Tabled 27 November 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House congratulates Gareth Southgate and the England men's football team for qualifying to the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal in June 2019 by beating Spain and Croatia; notes that this new official UEFA competition has significant standing as a major competitive international trophy; further notes that the tournament has gripped the public imagination after an already successful year for the England men's football team; notes that the team could win its first trophy since 1966 in next year's finals; notes that UEFA has given exclusive broadcast rights in the UK to the pay-per-view channel Sky Sport; notes that The Broadcasting Act 1996, as amended, gives the Secretary of State the power to draw up a list of sporting events of national interest; believes that the UEFA Nations League finals are of national interest and within the scope of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport definition of a listed event as one which is generally felt to have special national resonance and which contains an element which serves to unite the nation, a shared point on the national calendar, not solely of interest to those who follow the sport in question; and calls on the Government to include the Nations League Finals as a listed event.