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Labour leader wants to tighten ownership rules

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has signalled his intention to intervene in football if he becomes prime minister.  The Leeds United fan's thinking is believed to have been influenced by the recent takeover of his club by Massimo Cellino, a convicted fraudster.

Miliband met football fans at a pub in Horsforth and said that owners should be stopped from using clubs to 'shuffle round debt'.   He also argued that tests on whether prospective owners were 'fit and proper' were failing.   He also identified the number of foreign players as an issue.

Alarm bills always ring when politicians signal their determination to intervene in football as it is a convenient populist bandwagon.   When in office they often back down in the face of lobbying from the Football Association and the Premier League.