Angus Kinnear, the CEO of Leeds United, has linked calls for a transfer charge and an independent regulator to Maoism and the Great Chinese Famine, claiming that the proposals will not make English football any more equitable.
A fan-led review of football governance published last week included 47 proposals, including a transfer charge on top-flight teams and the formation of an independent regulator for the English game.
Kinnear said he supported the other proposals in his programme notes before Leeds’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday, but the two were “as faulty as they are extreme.”
“Forcing a mentality comparable to Maoist collective agriculturalism on football (which, as students of ‘The Great Leap Forward’ will know, resulted in the world’s biggest famine) will not make the English game fairer; it will kill the competition, which is its very lifeblood,” he stated.
During the Great Leap Forward, a disastrous attempt at rapid industrialization from 1958 to 1961, millions of people died of famine.
Kinnear went on to say that the proposed budget redistribution could wind up rewarding bad governance in lower league football.
“Teams at the bottom of the pyramid do not require their resources to be artificially inflated; they must live within their means,” he explained.
“Clubs who excel at recruiting, player development, or commercial enterprise will be penalized, while inept ownership will be rewarded.”
Gary Neville, a commentator who has advocated for the creation of an independent regulator, slammed Kinnear’s remarks.
“Does anyone remember when Leeds United were in the Championship, sweating bullets about their financial situation if they didn’t get promoted?” On Twitter, Neville stated.