Football’s charade has been exposed, with MPs claiming that fans demand “better owners.”
According to a senior MP, the “fit and proper” examination for football club owners is a “sham” that has to be strengthened by strong legislation.
Julian Knight, a Conservative MP, has backed efforts for a bill prohibiting despots and human rights violators from owning British clubs.
It comes as the Fifa Ethics and Regulations Watch, a major sports think tank, has produced a report calling for improvements.
It was published today and argues for changes to the present “fit and proper criteria” for potential owners, including the exclusion of anyone who has been “complicit in human trafficking, slavery, torture, or other serious abuses of human rights.”
It comes after a Saudi Arabian consortium attempted to purchase Newcastle United.
Concerns have been expressed about human rights violations in the country, as well as links to illegal unlicensed match broadcasting.
“It is critical that reforms are made to address the issue of ‘sportswashing,’” Mr Knight added.
“We need owners of clubs that care about their fans.”