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Published on June 19th, 2013 | by Seb

Supporters Direct Statement – Spirit of Shankly demo

More on the Spirit of Shankly march from Supporters Direct and a statement we at STAND agree with wholeheartedly.

Supporters Direct supports the demonstration organised today by Spirit of Shankly, one of its member supporters’ trusts.

We are not taking part in the demonstration, but we have been kept abreast of developments, and support their right to protest, and their view that ticket prices and the overall experience for the present-day football fan are issues that cannot simply be dismissed.

Indeed we are keen to ensure that the growing anger, frustration and legitimate disenchantment being expressed through meetings, marches and other events, is harnessed to bring about lasting change in our national game. These actions are driven by a feeling that football is run increasingly for the benefit of a super-wealthy wealthy elite, and not the fans who are the game’s lifeblood.

We continue to press for change in the ownership and governance of football clubs so that the vital role that supporters play in the lives of their clubs is properly recognised.

We call on all those concerned with the health of the sport to continue to back the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, the Government and the Opposition in their shared desire to see football reformed, or to introduce legislation to enforce  change.

Increased supporter involvement and ownership at clubs will provide a better structure for the game and a fairer deal for fans.

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