Parliament Hearing Mike Ashley Bans On Newcastle Fans
Monday afternoon saw Parliament host a hearing of the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group For Mutuals’ which saw the umbrella organisation for Supporters’ Trusts, Supporters Direct (SD), give evidence alongside the FA, Premier League and Football League, as well as a representative from UEFA. The hearing was dedicated to supporter involvement within football clubs.
Since 1999, 180 supporters’ trusts including NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) have been formed in the UK and now have a total of over 400,000 members. The hearing also heard evidence of what assistance is needed to help develop fans owning part or all of their clubs. The day also showed that the goings on at Newcastle United aren’t going unnoticed as the Mike Ashley bans on Newcastle fans, via the NUST, from the Fans Forum was brought up by Conservative MP for Cardiff North.
— Supporters Direct (@SuppDirect) November 25, 2013
After the hearing SD (Supporters Direct) hosted a meeting where they launched a paper on how supporter ownership through supporters’ trusts can be increased in football clubs in England. Amongst those attending the meeting were representatives from supporter-owned clubs as well as those from the political parties; such as Conservative MP Damian Collins, who had a Private Members Bill for greater financial transparency in football, as well as Alison McGovern from the Labour Friends Of Football.
The paper proposes solutions to the barriers to increasing fans representation at their football clubs, including obstructive owners of individual football clubs who do not wish to engage with football supporters trusts and the governance of football in general, something which excludes football fans from having a meaningful say in how football is run.
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