English Premier League clubs to face disqualification for human rights abuses
The English Premier League has announced changes to its owners’ and directors’ test (OADT), stating that leading officials who violate them will face disqualification.
These changes, which come into effect immediately, have been introduced to give the league greater power to remove any individuals or companies that have been subject to government sanctions, as well as human rights abusers.
The league will also conduct annual checks to ensure that all directors are complying with the OADT. Criminal offenses such as violence, fraud, tax evasion, corruption, and hate crimes can also lead to disqualification.
Any potential directors who are under investigation for any action which can lead to a disqualifying event will also be blocked from joining. The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 will be used to determine human rights abuses.
Furthermore, an independent oversight panel has been set up to review decisions taken by the league.
With these changes, the Premier League is committed to leading by example and ensuring that those associated with football clubs are held accountable for their actions.
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