CFU has welcomed the announcement of the Goverment fan-led review into football. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport secretary of state Oliver Dowden told the Commons that the recent European Super League proposals left the Government with no other option than to act. The Super League proposals were condemned by politicians on all sides of the House and Labour’s Jo Stevens MP, shadow secretary of state, has called for the review to show “real teeth” throughout the undertaking.
The review will be chaired by Tracey Crouch MP who was sports minister from 2015-17. Tracey wrote on Twitter "Delighted Gov has asked me to lead Review into football governance. I can assure fans that I will work with you, and for you, to consider how we keep the traditions of integrity & fair competition at the heart of the sport."
The Government’s 2019 manifesto committed to a “fan led” review of football governance and the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) who are coordinating the Sustain the Game! campaign also welcomed the announcement.
Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSA said “The FSA welcomes today’s announcement of the launch of the fan-led review and looks forward to playing a full and central role in that. The anger from MPs on all sides of the Commons showed that a handful of billionaire owners have misjudged not only the mood of fans – but the mood of an entire nation. For years football has appeased these greedy vultures by feeding them bits of meat but all it has done is heighten their appetite and make them stronger. Now is the time to stop that.”
CFU joined with Cambridge United in condemning the European Super League see https://tinyurl.com/3v5ks8c7
Andrew Stephen CFU Chair said, " CFU welcome the fan led review. We all hope that it will deliver an outcome that benefits everyone in football and not just the so-called elite who believe football only revolves around them.
"CFU are right behind the club in opposing the outrageous proposals of the so called Big Six, which display contempt for the grass roots of our sport and a slavish devotion to profit unbecoming of those charged with the responsibility of running football clubs. Genuine football fans are identified by their respect for each other and for rival clubs. Anyone proposing or supporting a European Superleague fails to recognise or value this long tradition."
"There is already far too much greed in the game and this further step in that direction is a disgrace. If we allow this to happen, the long-term future of the game we love will be placed in jeopardy. This is a battle that everyone outside the top six knows must be won. Government also need to realise that from this review a tangible result needs to be found and unlike previous reviews it is not allowed to become another wasted opportunity that is kicked into the long grass"
Oliver Dowden full statement can be read here
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