Aston Villa sent 'incredibly risky' message after Christian Purslow comments

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Christian Purslow made an appearance on talkSPORT last week to discuss the fan-led review into English football, fighting the corner for Aston Villa and the Premier League and questioning the need for an independent regulator.

“My concern is whether the start point for this is really conflating the issue of the Burys of this world with the Super League; that perhaps it’s gone a little bit far,” he said.

“£1.6bn is committed by the Premier League to fund the rest of English football – English football, by the way in case anyone hasn’t noticed has got age groups winning World Cups, has got our first team into a semi-final in the World Cup – so does anyone think there’s a problem there?”

He went on to add: “But I don’t think the problem lies with the Premier League. Do we need an independent regulator? Probably not. The Premier League has really always been the source of funding for the rest of football and the danger here is killing the golden goose, if we over-regulate a highly successful financial and commercial operation.”

Speaking to BirminghamLive, football finance expert Kieran Maguire says it comes as no surprise that Purslow put himself forward to publicly fight the Premier League’s corner.

He went on to say: “I think this is part of a lobbying by both the Premier League and the EFL.

Christian Purslow has been put forward by the Premier League because he is very persuasive and professional in his comments. But what the people behind the fan-led review want is they don’t particularly want to interfere.

“His comments were that football doesn’t need government interference which has some merit but if you read the report in depth and I’ve read all 162 pages, football has failed to self-regulate in a professional manner.

Aston Villa would have been out of existence had it not been for a last-minute rescue and that was down to a lack of self-regulation by the Premier League and the EFL at the time. Finding Wes Edens and Sawiris was great but it was still incredibly risky.”

Maguire has also stated that Purslow was turning a ‘private spat into a public one’ regarding the issue of the redistribution of income within football.

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