This week I took the step of writing to the relevant minister with responsibility for sport about the ongoing situation at Blackburn Rovers.
I continue to receive a large number of letters, emails and messages on social media about Rovers and will continue to raise fans’ concerns. I completely understand frustration in Blackburn, especially as many fans have invested time, emotion and significant amounts of money into supporting the club.
Football has been raised in parliament many times before. The committee which looks at sporting matters produced a report five years ago which recommended making wide ranging changes to the way professional clubs are run. These proposals included a robust fit and proper persons test for those who seek to purchase football clubs, fan representation on football club boards and to make the financial details and the terms of any financial loans made by the club public, so fans know what is happening within their club. Crucially, under those proposals these new rules would be enforceable.
Those recommendations were never brought in and how we improve the governance of professional footballs returns to parliament fairly regularly.
So this week I wrote to the minister with responsibility for sport to ask what she thought about proposals made and whether the government will look at legislating on this issue. I believe some of the proposals raised in parliament before, including more transparency around financial deals, a robust fit and proper persons test and fan representation on club boards would help improve the situation at Rovers.
I will continue to work on this and keep everyone who gets in touch updated when I receive a response from the minister.