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Gary Neville has criticised as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s plan to sell Wembley stadium for the funding of grassroots facilities, saying the money should come from the wealthy Premier League clubs or via a 25% levy on agents’ fees. The former Manchester United and England defender said that £70m more grassroots funding annually could be found from the 20 Premier League clubs paying £3.5m each, and that the government should also invest more in sports facilities.

Appearing at a House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee hearing into the proposed Wembley sale, Neville described £70m a year as “a pittance in football … a pittance in government”. He said: “I despair at the thought that the FA board and management are sitting there and thinking that they have to sell Wembley to fund grassroots football … Place a levy on agents’ fees; that money is disappearing out of the game, there’s your extra £70m. Don’t sell Wembley. Whatever you do, don’t sell Wembley when you can just place a levy on agents’ fees.”

Premier League clubs paid £211m to agents on transfers over the past year, comprising the summer 2017 and January 2018 http://www.buccaneersshopofficialfootball.com/Mj_Stewart_Jersey windows. Fifa is considering reforms including a Paulo Orlando Jersey potential cap on fees. But no proposal is being considered by any football body for a levy on agents’ fees to fund grassroots facilities, in which the Premier League, FA and government invest £70m a year via the Football Foundation.

The FA confirmed in April that it was in discussions to sell Wembley for £600m to the Fulham owner, Shahid Khan, who could use the stadium as a European base for his Jacksonville Jaguars team during the September to December http://www.officialsbuccaneersprostore.com/Adarius_Glanton_Jersey_Cheap or January NFL season.

The sports minister, Tracey Crouch, also giving evidence to the committee, indicated her provisional support for the sale of Wembley – which is legally required – saying of the need for better facilities: “If you build it, people will come and at the moment we haven’t been building it, so Julius Nattinen Jersey actually with this injection we can start to provide the facilities Julius Erving Jersey for people to come.”

Crouch declined to Kris Dunn Jersey agree with MPs, including Labour’s Jo Stevens, that the Premier League should contribute more. Crouch said she negotiated a doubling of the league’s annual funding for grassroots facilities and programmes to £100m during the 2016-19 TV deals , which she described as a “major win”. That is 4% of the £2.4bn the Premier League clubs made from TV rights and sponsorships last season.

Sport England’s consent is also legally required because it contributed £120m of national lottery funds towards the £757m cost of rebuilding Wembley. Its chairman, Nick Bitel, told the committee that “very detailed conversations” were taking place and there was “very good broad agreement” on how the proceeds of a sale would be invested via the Football Foundation.

Consent, and the FA’s agreement, depends on Wembley being preserved as a national stadium for England games, FA Cup finals and a list of other “flagship events” which take place there, and restrictions, including on naming rights.

The FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, said he agreed with most of what Neville had said but argued that the Premier League does invest considerable money in the Football Foundation and that he was being practical about securing £600m to improve http://www.authenticbruinsstore.com/-12-adam-oates-jersey_c-445.html grassroots facilities which are currently “lamentable”.

The FA does not want to wait for “jam tomorrow”, he said, but make a “tangible difference” to facilities lacking changing rooms, toilets and maintenance by local authorities. Bitel said local authorities’ annual sport budgets have had cuts from £1.5bn to £1bn over the past five years. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

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