Uefa is concerned by the number of foreign investors buying into English clubs and wants the UK goverrnment to investigate the situation.
West Ham are the latest club to be involved in takeover talks with a foreign investor, and Uefa are concerned about the anonymity of some of the individuals and companies buying into clubs.
“This is a wake-up call,” Uefa director of communications William Gaillard told the Daily Telegraph.
“The UK Government has a responsibility to start investigating. After all it’s a part of the UK economy.”
Fifa, is working on introducing rules that will ensure more transparency over the identity of backers. It hopes to implement the scheme in July 2007.
Gaillard added: “We certainly are concerned by what is going on as it seems to be following a worrying pattern.
“The trend is going against what we want to see – more clubs being owned by the community and the people who really care for them.”