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Starmer rules out Premier League transfer tax

A 10% levy on transfers, proposed by the fan-led review of football governance, will not be part of Labour’s plans for reforming the game.

Labour will not introduce a 10% tax on Premier League transfers, Sir Keir Starmer has said after reports his party was considering the move.

Shadow culture and sport secretary Thangam Debbonaire sparked reports Labour could introduce the transfer levy on Monday when she said she would “look at everything” proposed in the recent fan-led review of football governance.

But on Tuesday morning, Sir Keir killed off the idea, telling LBC’s Nick Ferrari it was “not part of our plans for football governance”.

Asked about introducing the levy, the Labour leader said: “Let me just kill it dead, we’re not looking at that.”

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Dame Tracey Crouch (Roger Harris/UK Parliament)

The 10% levy was proposed in the fan-led review chaired by former Conservative MP Dame Tracey Crouch in 2021.

Described as a “solidarity transfer levy”, it would have taxed transfers between Premier League clubs and between Premier League clubs and overseas sides, with the money being redistributed further down the football pyramid.

The review estimated a 10% levy would have raised £160 million per year between 2016 and 2021, enough to fund a grant to ensure League One and Two clubs broke even – along with grassroots playing facilities for adults and children.

Labour’s manifesto contains a commitment to “reform football governance”, giving fans more of a say in how their clubs are run and introducing an independent regulator – another of Dame Tracey’s proposals.

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