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Reading FC: Fan group chair 'hopeful' over new football regulator

By Nathan Briant

BBC South

An independent regulator for football could potentially have stopped some of the ownership problems at Reading FC, the chair of a fan group has said.

Sarah Turner, chair of the Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR), appeared in front of MPs as part of scrutiny of the Football Governance Bill, external.

Fans have called on owner Dai Yongge to sell the club after recent financial penalties and points deductions.

Reading's men's and women's teams were relegated in the 2022/23 season.

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Reading fans staged many protests last season, including one at their rescheduled home match against Port Vale in February, weeks after the fixture was abandoned

Mrs Turner told the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Thursday that, while positive, planned regulation could go further to protect clubs' assets, including training grounds.