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Westminster Hall debate on football governance

10th February 2012

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A delegation from the Fulham Supporters’ Trust attended a debate on football governance at Westminster Hall yesterday afternoon.

More than 20 MPs attended the debate, which was on the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee’s report on football governance, and gave their view on the current state of British football.

Former Trust chair Tom Greatrex, now the Labour MP for Hamilton & Rutherglen West, spoke about the importance of ensuring that football clubs are no longer seperated from the grounds at which they play and how governance reform could offer fans a greater say in the running of their clubs. You can watch read Tom’s speech here or watch the debate here.

Responding for the Government, the Sports Minister Hugh Robertson praised the Select Committee’s report and said:

We do not want to be having these debates in a couple of years’ time. It is important for the footballing world to realise that this is an opportunity for the football authorities – the FA, the Premier League and the Football League – to come together, to work together, and then to present the Government and Parliament with a solution. I very much hope that they will respond positively by the end of the month.

You can download information about Supporters Direct’s proposals for a club licensing system here.

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