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BBC newsreader is 'UK Minister for Sport'

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Almost 80 percent of football fans believe BBC newsreader Huw Edwards is the government's Minister for Sport, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

When asked 'Who is the Minister for Sport in the UK'?, thousands of people responded, with 78 percent of supporters selecting Edwards above four other suggested answers.

Hugh Robertson, who is in fact the Minister for Sport, polled a paltry three percent of the vote - behind both Hollywood film star Hugh Jackman and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

British actor Hugh Laurie - famed for his appearances in US TV drama House - garnered the fewest amount of votes; winning two percent of public support.

This poll was conducted as second part of GiveMeFootball's investigation to discover how much profile such a prominent role in government is afforded by fans of the sports under his jurisdiction.

Earlier in March, fans were asked to answer 'yes' or 'no' when questioned as to whether or not they knew who the Minister of Sport in this country is.

The affirmative triumphed over the negative, with 52 percent of over 7000 respondents claiming they were aware of who occupied this specific role in the coalition government.

However, when posed with two available answers that do not provide the opportunity for the voter to elaborate, the result of the first poll is likely to have attracted a significant number of guesses.

This led GMF to open up the question even further, and the results have provided a greater insight as the profile of Robertson among football supporters.



 

 

The fact that so few fans were unable to identify the Minster for Sport, perhaps suggests his position is one undervalued or even indicates he is considered irrelevant in the game of football.

Robertson has already been undermined somewhat by football's governing bodies in the UK, with both the Football Association and Premier League failing to heed his advice with regards to reform.

The Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent recently made recommendations of restructuring the FA and of reforming the way in which football clubs are owned and governed under their remit.

It was suggested that the FA reduced the number of members on their board and ensure the make-up was more representative of the modern game.

The government recommended that the board was streamlined to ten members but it has, in fact, been increased to 14 - although there has been a promise of sorts to reduce numbers in the future.

And, of course, those featuring on the board are still predominantly white, male and edging towards the age category of 'senior citizens'.

Although the government has threatened to pass laws if it was not satisfied with plans to reform, the fear of such action has clearly failed to temper any decisions by the FA.

Meanwhile, both the FA and Premier League failed to adhere to Robertson's assertion that fans should feature more prominently on the boards of football clubs, in the hope of preventing dictatorial ownership by distant billionaires.

A specific branch of this idea to initiate more fan ownership was to suggest the FA and Premier League devise a way to prop up Supporters Direct - an organisation which has promoted fan involvement in the running of clubs for over ten years.

But the response to Robertson's intervention was to claim that Supporters Direct should 'primarily rely on funding raised from their membership or their own initiatives'.

It perhaps, then, comes as no great surprise that football supporters haven't a clue who the Minister of Sport is, with the game's powers seemingly treating his position with such disregard.

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