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Restructure needed.

MPs have called for a major overhaul of the way English football is run to ensure the game's long-term future in the face of rising levels of debt and financial instability.

In a hard-hitting report, the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee branded the current Football Association Council as not "fit for purpose" and said it needed a radical restructuring.

It called for a formal licensing system for clubs to help curb the game's "excesses" with "robust" ownership rules and a "strong fit and proper persons test".

The MPs demanded an end to insolvency rules which encouraged "excessive financial risk-taking" and which, the committee said, would be "illegal" in any other area of business.

The committee warned that if the game was not prepared to put its own house in order, the Government should step in to do so, if necessary by legislation.

"As a last resort, in the absence of substantive progress, we recommend that the Government consider introducing legislation to require the FA to implement the necessary governance reforms in line with its duties as a governing body," it said.

The committee said that while it believed the FA was the right body to lead change in the game, it needed "urgent reform" if it was to do so effectively.

It called for a "streamlined" FA board with a membership of 10 and a review of the composition of the FA Council, with members serving for no more than 10 years.

A FIVE-A-SIDE team from Huddersfield can claim to be the best in the county after being crowned champions at the inaugural West Riding 5ives event, Anthill Mob headed to the tournament at the West Riding FA's Woodlesford ground as winners of the Thursday Premier League at Soccer City in Waterloo for the seventh time.

Twelve other sides were involved with Anthill, whose squad was made up of Louis Langfield, Chris Redmile, Paul Jagger, Danny Clare, Paul Shepherd, Glyn Haley and Danny Senior, coming out tops.

They are pictured in the brand new kit which they were awarded for winning the competition.

SCOTLAND skipper Darren Fletcher is hoping for a revival of the oldest fixture in international football when the World Cup 2014 qualification draw is made in Brazil tonight.

Craig Levein's team are in pot four and could be bracketed with England (pot one).

"I would love to play them," said the Manchester United man. "It is not something I would be fearful of."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2011
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