The current restrictions on elite football clubs being able to fulfil competitive matches, but without fans present, many of whom have paid for season tickets they cannot, yet, use has reinvigorated debate across football about financial funding.
Whilst most proposals for restructuring football have been speedily “seen off”, it is widely recognised that the current way in which football is run, governed and funded is not fair or sustainable in the future. A fan-led review is being promoted by the Government, which is clearly not seeking to provide public funding to sustain clubs through a period in which it will not allow fans to attend matches.
CFU is in favour of such a thorough review which, it believes most fans would support, provided that it does not simply reinforce or strengthen the stranglehold which foreign-funded Premiership clubs have over the way in which things are done.
In particular, Cambridge Fans United would like to restate its position regarding B teams being introduced into the League structure. We are against B teams being introduced into the League, either directly or indirectly. This was our position when CUFC re-entered the league and it has never changed.
The addition of Premiership Under 23 teams into the EFL Trophy was not supported by CFU, though we recognised that that was done without understanding supporter views and concerns.
In 2014 EFL clubs voted unanimously not to allow B teams, or Scottish teams into the League as they, and we, believed that it could only be detrimental to league clubs. That remains our view.
So far as the admittance of fans to matches is concerned, we have supported the petition of the Government to allow fans back into games. A debate is scheduled to be held in Parliament on 9th November 2020 and CFU has written to our local MPs, seeking their support to get fans back to games.
Chair, CFU Trust Board
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing the possibility of a fan-led review into football amid calls for the biggest shake-up in Premier League history on the 12th October.