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Fair Game, for which Leyton Orient is one of 18 members, took its mission to reboot our national game to the House of Commons today.

Fair Game is seeking to influence and work with the government’s fan-led review, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, to ensure the opportunity for fair, lasting change is taken.

Fair Game believes English football should be reformed based around four principles – sustainability, integrity, transparency and community – and we are working closely with the best minds in academia to develop solutions to the problems the game has. These include:

  • Long-term protection for the heritage and tradition of clubs
  • Proper fan engagement
  • Equality standards that mean something
  • Stopping clubs spending more than they earn on player wages
  • Fairer redistribution of TV revenue
  • Financial sustainability and transparency

There were speeches from Alison McGovern, the Shadow Minister for Sport and the Labour MP for Wirral South, and the Conservative MP Damian Collins, the former chair of the Department of Media, Culture and Sport Select Committee.

Before former England international and Fair Game ambassador John Scales explained his role; and Phil Young, the chair of the Shakers Community, the owners of Bury AFC, outlined the plight of his club.

The afternoon was rounded off by Fair Game’s experts outlining potential solutions to football’s current woes

Danny Macklin, CEO of Leyton Orient, said: “As a Club we’re pleased to be supporting Fair Game. We are very much in support of their objectives to provide a sustainable future for football at all levels in this country.”

“As a nation, we should be very proud of the structure and the pyramid that we have within football, but in order for that to have continued longevity, changes need to be made in terms of the distribution of wealth within the game.”

“Today’s discussion at The House of Commons is a landmark date. We look forward to the additional exposure that this warrants.”