Independent regulator for English football 英國政府考慮設立足球監管機構

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在公開贊同由球迷主導的男足審查報告所提出的建議後,英國政府表示將設立一個獨立的足球監管機構,該監管機構將有權制裁違反財務及其它條例的英格蘭足球俱樂部。

Whether it’s clubs such as Bury going bust, Derby’s current financial problems or the ‘big six’ wanting to form a breakaway super league, the government’s view is football needs protecting, at times from itself.

無論是像貝里這樣的足球俱樂部面臨破產、德比郡目前的財務問題,還是英超 “六大豪門” 想要脫離聯賽、單獨成立一項超級聯賽,面對這些足壇危機,英國政府的看法是:足球需要保護,有時甚至需要保護其免受自身的傷害。

It wants English football to have an independent regulator to keep spending under control, and it wants fans to have more of a say in how their club is run – from the location of a new stadium to changes in kit colour. And anyone wanting to own a football club should not only face financial background checks but scrutiny of their integrity.

英國政府希望英格蘭足球聯賽能由一個獨立的監管機構來控制支出,並就俱樂部的運營方式,從新球場的地點到球衣顏色的變化等方面,賦予球迷更多的話語權。而任何想要擁有一家足球俱樂部的人,不僅應接受財務背景調查,還應接受審查,以確認其品行端正。

These proposals could take time to become law – if they do at all. And they’re expected to face opposition from some in the game who fear change could affect the competitive balance or levels of investment.

這些提議就算有可能成為正式法規,也需要時間。預計新建議將面臨一些足壇人士的反對,他們擔心變化可能會影響競爭平衡和投資水準。

詞匯表

going bust 破產,倒閉
the ‘big six’ 英超 “六大豪門” 足球俱樂部
regulator 監管機構
fans 球迷
scrutiny 詳細審查
integrity 品行端正、誠實
opposition 反對意見
competitive balance 競爭平衡

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. Can you give one example of a problem facing English football?

2. Who does the government want to involve more in how a football club is run?

3. People wanting to own a football club may face new kinds of checks. What kinds of checks are mentioned?

4. True or false? The government’s plans are going to become law.

答案  

1. Can you give one example of a problem facing English football?
Examples include Bury football club going bust, Derby’s current financial problems or the ‘big six’ wanting to form a breakaway super league.

2. Who does the government want to involve more in how a football club is run?
The government wants fans to have more of a say in how their club is run.

3. People wanting to own a football club may face new kinds of checks. What kinds of checks are mentioned?
Financial background checks and scrutiny of their integrity.

4. True or false? The government’s plans are going to become law.
False. These proposals could take time to become law – if they do at all.