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Lawyer: 'Football watchdog may be toothless'

Forsters partner Stuart Hatcher says English football regulator could have conflicting aims

The UK government’s plans for an English football regulator could be “rendered toothless” due to it having contradictory objectives, a corporate lawyer who is a member of the Brentford Supporters’ Trust has warned.

The UK government recently revealed plans for an independent football regulator that would aim to ensure clubs' long-term financial sustainability in the interests of clubs and fans.

However, Stuart Hatcher (pictured), a corporate partner at law firm Forsters, said such a regulator could be “"rendered toothless by conflicting aims".

In an article published by City A.M., Hatcher said: ““It’s going to be a big call for a regulator to remove a club’s licence, because that means they can’t play football any more and potentially goes against trying to protect a club."

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