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Sanctions imposed on Everton Football Club

EDM (Early Day Motion) 79: tabled on 20 November 2023

Tabled in the 2023-24 session.

This motion has been signed by 29 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House condemns the grossly unjust points deduction imposed on Everton Football Club by a Premier League Commission, a punishment lacking any legal or equitable foundation or justification for the level of sanction; notes that financial-not-sporting penalties for far more severe breaches have been applied, including the industry-and-community-threatening European Super League; declares that sporting sanctions unfairly punish supporters; notices the improper dismissal of extraordinary mitigating circumstances outlined by Everton; impresses on the House Everton’s investment in North Liverpool, its 2028 Euro Stadium, and the club’s long-standing, commendable commitment to Liverpool’s vulnerable; gravely remarks that these investments are now under threat; that this House contends the Premier League can no longer fairly govern top-flight football without independent scrutiny and legislation; asserts that the Commission’s cavalier approach to points deductions necessitates acceleration of the introduction of the Government’s proposed Independent Regulator; urges the Government to immediately establish an Independent Football Regulator that will safeguard the future of the game, enforce compliance with financial regulation, and establish new guardrails for corporate governance, club ownership, fan engagement, and competition regulation; requests the suspension of all proceedings and sanctions made by the Commission until the Regulator makes its own determinations; and demands fan ownership and board representation.

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.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 November 2023
Wansbeck
Nichols, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 20 November 2023
Warrington North
Roberts, Mr Rob
Independent
Signed on 21 November 2023
Delyn
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2023
Liverpool, Walton
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 2023
Strangford
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2023
Easington
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2023
Bedford
Howarth, Sir George
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2023
Knowsley
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 November 2023
East Antrim
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2023
St Helens South and Whiston
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2023
Coventry South
Rees, Christina
Independent
Signed on 22 November 2023
Neath
Eagle, Dame Angela
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2023
Wallasey
McGinn, Conor
Independent
Signed on 22 November 2023
St Helens North
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 November 2023
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 November 2023
Glasgow South
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 November 2023
Lagan Valley
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2023
Alyn and Deeside
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 November 2023
Glasgow South West
Greenwood, Margaret
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2023
Wirral West
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2023
Poplar and Limehouse
Lockhart, Carla
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 December 2023
Upper Bann

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.