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'A shambles': David Bernstein swipes at football's governance and urges action

  • Former FA chairman calls for urgent fan-led review
  • Bernstein troubled by game’s ‘obscene’ wealth gap

The former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has described the governance of the sport as “a shambles”, and called on the government to urgently hold the “fan-led review” of the game it promised in its 2019 election manifesto.

In a strongly worded letter to the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, Bernstein, the FA chairman from 2011 to 2013, said that years of failure to reform football despite successive inquiries and reviews were “among [the] biggest regrets” of previous ministers.

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