10th May, 2021

Meriden MP calls on Prime Minister to put football fans at heart of decisions

Sarah Mason 3rd May, 2021

MERIDEN MP, Saqib Bhatti, called on the Prime Minister to put fans at the heart of decision making in football.

During Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Bahatti asked the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, “Does my right hon. Friend agree that if we are to protect the beautiful game further, football clubs must put fans at the heart of their decision making?”

Mr Johnson replied: “One of the most worrying features of the European Super League proposals is that they would have taken clubs that take their names from great, famous English towns and cities and turned them just into global brands with no relation to the fans and the communities that gave them life and that give them the most love and support.

“That was, in my view, totally wrong, to say nothing of the lack of competition.”

This followed the news that the six English football clubs to be invited to form the European Super League announced they were withdrawing from the plans following an outcry from fans and the media.

The government have since announced a “root and branch investigation” into the governance of football led by ex-sports minister, Tracey Crouch MP, with the aim to understand how fans can be better represented in the sport.

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