Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA Told to Tighten Guidelines

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA Told to Tighten Guidelines

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

MARK PALIOS was today urged to step up the Football Association's efforts to control the ownership of football clubs.

The new FA chief executive, who only started his job on Monday, has walked straight into a row over how his organisation regulate the game.

In the wake of Roman Abramovich's [pounds sterling]140million takeover of Chelsea, the Government has reiterated a call for the FA to introduce criteria so that only "fit and proper" persons can run football clubs.

The idea is not a new one and it was first proposed by Adam Crozier in March 2002.

However, since then no concrete proposals have emerged and critics have accused the FA of dragging their feet on the issue.

Today a spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport increased the pressure, saying: "For some time we've been calling for fit and proper tests for directors of all football clubs. We'd like to have tighter controls of directors to stop clubs lurching from crisis to crisis. …

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