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Calls for tighter foreign ownership control in Premiership

British government culture secretary Andy Burnham has called on the Premiership to have tighter regulations on foreign ownership of clubs.

In his speech in Westminster on Thursday, Burnham will express concern that a club's place in the community must be preserved.

"Professional football has its origins in the community and community organisations," he is due to say.

"Those origins built the fierce loyalty in clubs, with supporters seeing the clubs as expressions of their identity.

"That loyalty is actually what makes the clubs so marketable but in marketing them there is a real risk of eroding their place in the community."

Burnham says the 'fit and proper person test' for prospective club owners should be strengthened and insists it should be the FA, and not the Government, that should regulate the game.

"Regulation has to be led by the FA - it is not for the government to run football," he told the Guardian.

"We should not delude ourselves that there is interest solely because of the quality of the play. It is also because other countries have football clubs which are mutually owned by their supporters, democratic and not for sale."

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