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Supporters Direct lays out its vision for the future of football

Wed 11th May 2011 | Football Governance

As the Select Committee Inquiry into Football Governance begins writing its report, fans group Supporters Direct (SD) are to launch two briefing papers outlining practical ways the coalition Government can fulfill its pledge to “encourage the reform of football governance to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters”.

SD Chief Executive Dave Boyle said:

“The debate amongst fans about whether football is in urgent need of reform was settled a long time ago and I think the committee are heading that way too. The issue has always been how best to do that.”

“A major problem has been what precisely Government could do itself to meet its pledges, and what it could ask for football to do. These reports represent a constructive offering on both those points.”

The reports build on the submissions by over 40 supporters groups to the Select Committee, and call upon government to use the current Localism Bill to give fans the right to bid to own their clubs; and reform the tax laws to both prevent taxpayers subsiding loss-making clubs and help fans become more involved in club ownership.

They also strongly advocate a club licensing system, to give the FA and leagues greater control over club finances, and to decisively tackle the chronic instability throughout the game.

“Insolvency has become an occupational hazard for the game and a blight on the communities that clubs serve. What’s worse is that it’s subsidised by the taxpayer and incentivised by football’s rules.”

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