English football needs an independent regulator to stop it “lurching from crisis to crisis”, says the chair of a fan-led review into the sport.

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch is calling on the government to create a new independent regulator for English football (IREF).

The review says this is necessary for the long-term financial stability of the men’s professional game.

“This is a huge opportunity for football,” Crouch told BBC Sport.

“We’ve seen football lurching from crisis to crisis over the past decade and unfortunately we haven’t had the right levels of regulation in place to stop that from happening.”

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