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Abandonment of EFL Leagues One and Two 2019-20 season

EDM (Early Day Motion) 592: tabled on 10 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses regret at the decision by the EFL to abruptly end the season for Football League One and League Two; believes that this action undermines the public’s confidence in sporting integrity and reduces the status of these league competitions; calls on the EFL to financially compensate season ticket holders who had a reasonable expectation for the season to be completed and determined by sporting achievement and not through back-room deals; further believes that the failure to complete a professional football league competition highlights the failings of those leagues; notes that the Premier League and Championship will resume and meet their obligations to fans and maintain the integrity of their leagues; further notes the precarious financial position of many clubs outside of the Premier League; notes that the lion’s share of TV revenue and commercial sponsorship is directed towards a few elite clubs in the Premier League at the expense of the wider football pyramid; and calls on the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport to urgently investigate the financial sustainability of English Football and consider proposals such as team salary caps to replace the current dysfunctional and unfair Financial Fair Play Rules which are widening the gap between the richest and poorest clubs; further calls on the Government to carry out a root and branch review of football governance due to the increasingly precarious finances of the majority of football clubs; and asserts that Bury Football Club should be reinstated to Football League provided that they can prove financial viability for the start of the 2020-21 season.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.