Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Friday February 10 2012
Local MP Graham Jones has today called into question Venky's ownership of Blackburn Rovers in Parliament and asked the Premier League to start and investigation.
Venky's are the fullest prof yet that the Premier League's fit and proper person test is nothing short of a joke and that has been highlighted by Graham who made a statement for this website last month (amongst others).
Mr Jones is the MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn and even though Ewood is not part of his constituency he is an avid Rover and has highlighted his concerns to a more official audience.
Mr Jones made a statement in Parliament today that read - 'Serious questions now have to be asked about the owners' ability to manage an English Premier League club; their awareness of Premier League rules; their future intentions for the club; whether foreign business practices bring the club into disrepute; and whether such practices should be prohibited within the framework of the Football Association Premier League's fit and proper persons test.'
'The Premier League is culpable in allowing the current trend of foreign ownership to continue without suitable safeguards.'
'What has been destructive in this spiralling vortex is a smear campaign by the manager, his agent and other clients, aimed at ordinary Blackburn Rovers fans who seek only constructive dialogue with the club.
'To my knowledge, there have been no arrests or public disorder during the protests.
'The protests were suspended for seven matches to facilitate positive discussions, but those discussions have not taken place.
'Three pre-arranged meetings between the manager and organisers have been cancelled by the manager or by the club, the authority over which lies with the manager.'
Date:Friday February 10 2012
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