Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are amongst gamers to launch the petitionA number of former footballers have launched a parliamentary petition cal
A number of former footballers have launched a parliamentary petition calling for an impartial regulator in English soccer.
Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker are amongst 23 ex-players and journalists to undersign an open letter to followers.
They are saying April’s European Tremendous League tried breakaway demonstrates the necessity to reform the sport’s governance.
The petition was signed by greater than 20,000 folks in its first hour.
For it to be thought-about for a parliamentary debate, 100,000 signatures are required.
“As soccer followers, we had been appalled by the try to arrange a European Tremendous League,” reads the letter, which has additionally been signed by Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards.
“It was a direct menace to the integrity of the sport; destroying the idea of sporting benefit and open competitors.
“Supporters got here along with one voice to oppose the cynical power-grab by a bunch of rich house owners. The livid protests had been heard and the breakaway fell aside.
“Now we should be certain this by no means occurs once more. With out swift and direct intervention, the return of a European Tremendous League might be a relentless menace.”
Along with an impartial regulator, the petition additionally calls for presidency laws which might cease Premier League golf equipment from trying to desert the soccer pyramid.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham all withdrew from the European Tremendous League inside 48 hours of its launch after followers protested.
The transfer was criticised by the UK authorities, which has introduced ahead a fan-led assessment into English soccer that can take into account possession, finance and supporter involvement within the recreation.
“We welcome the fan-led Authorities assessment of the sport and hope it results in lasting change on an array of vital issues; together with co-ordinated methods to take care of racism, supporters’ illustration inside golf equipment, LGBTQ points, ticket prices and the distribution of earnings,” the letter added.
“All of these goals might be realised if we take decisive motion now.”