Independent regulator role clear as Man City FFP trial date is set

City were charged with 115 FFP breaches by the Premier League in February amid claims of points deductions, stripped titles and huge fans. A Daily Mail report on Thursday afternoon suggested that a trial would come to an end in autumn 2024 following the start of next season, though the newspaper concluded that the verdict would only be reached in summer 2025 at the earliest.

Amid City&aposs hearing, the MEN takes a look at the role football&aposs new independent regulator will take and how it could impact things.


Former sports minister Tracey Crouch conducted a fan-led review into English football. This was following several major events, such as the European Super League fiasco and the collapse of clubs like Bury.

Growing concerns about controversial ownership also amplified noises for an independent regulator, with Newcastle Uniteds Saudi-backed takeover given the green light in October 2021. This point was highlighted further when Roman Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea following Russias invasion of Ukraine.

The reviews findings stated that English football needs an independent body – from outside the FA or Premier League – to govern the sport in this country. It should be noted that top-flight chiefs rejected these proposals.

What will the independent regulator do?

The regulator will have the power to sanction clubs for breaching financial rules and propose an updated owners and directors test. English clubs will also be blocked from breaking away, putting an end to the Super League saga.

There are also plans for supporters to have more control at board level. This is to stop events such as changing a clubs name, kit colours or other sentimental characteristics.

Where are we at?