Football Reform:Taking back control of the beautiful game Friday, 24th February 2pm until 3.30pm The UK government has just published its White Paper on football reform. With financial breaches and some historic clubs teetering on the bring of bankruptcy whilst other fans have to endure unethical owners, FIFA Ethics and Regulations Watch asks, can the reputation of English football be saved? Will supporters be respected or exploited?
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AGENDA:Lectures: 2pm – 2.45pm Discussion: 2.45pm – 3.30pm
Aaryaman BanerjiAaryaman Banerji has worked in the football industry for almost a decade as a journalist and coach, including reporting for the Football Association. During this time, he also completed a Master’s Degree in History from Durham University, where the focus of his research was the global political history of football. More recently, he completed the FIFA Master, an Executive MBA Programme for industry professionals under the aegis of FIFA. His latest work has been as a Football Researcher for Civitas Think-Tank, where he has produced a publication in response to the government’s Fan-Led Review of English Football. Bob Lyddon Bob is an experienced management consultant both privately and with PwC, with a specialization in banking and payments. He has published numerous papers about the financial mechanisms of the EU, through the Bruges Group, Politeia and Global Britain. Bob is an expert on the finances of football, talking on ‘Who will drain the swamp of English professional football?’ Dr Rakib Ehsan Rakib is an independent academic and culture writer, specialising in matters of social cohesion, democratic governance, and public security.
Rakib holds a BA in Politics & International Relations (First-Class Honours), MSc in Democracy, Politics, and Governance (Pass with Distinction), and a PhD in Political Science (all obtained from Royal Holloway, University of London).
On behalf of think-tank ResPublica and the For Fans Too campaign, Rakib authored the report “Playing by the Rules: The Governance of English Football”. The report makes the case for an independent regulator for English football which prioritises financial sustainability and social responsibility, as well as ensuring that supporters have a greater say in the game – especially over matters of club identity and heritage.