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A guide to the Owners' and Directors' Test in English football

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 By Richard Barham

The owners' and directors' test (also known as the "fit and proper person test") is a test that is applied to directors and prospective directors of English football clubs to ensure those appointed are appropriate people to act as directors of football clubs. It is designed to protect the image and integrity of the relevant league and the clubs that play in it.

In the top four English leagues there are two tests1:

(together the EPL Rules and the EFL Rules being the Rules).

This article compares and contrasts the key points of the Rules.

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Richard Barham

Richard Barham

Richard heads both the London Corporate practice, and Sports practice, of Dentons.

Richard's focus is on M&A and corporate work.  He is particularly interested in corporate governance issues, and regularly advises companies and other organisations on how they best operate to achieve good and effective governance standards.

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