Date: 19th January 2016
SCOTTISH FANS REPEAT CALL FOR LARGER LEAGUES
19 JANUARY 2016: As Scottish football chiefs meet at Hampden Park today to discuss league reconstruction, Scotland’s largest supporters’ alliance is calling on club owners and the governing authorities to “listen to the fans”.
Larger, more competitive divisions in the professional games was one of nine key issues highlighted in the ‘Fans’ Manifesto’, published last week by the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) – which has brought together nearly 50,000 fans since it formed last April.
Paul Goodwin from the SFSA said: “League reconstruction is something supporters have been asking for over many years, and was again raised by 10,000 fans who contributed to the survey behind our Manifesto.
“We are pleased that key figures at Hearts, Falkirk, Rangers and other clubs are now backing the call for larger, more varied and exciting divisions in our league structure.
“It is vital that at the meeting at Hampden tomorrow, there is a clear signal that the clubs and the football authorities are listening to fans. Bringing people back through the turnstiles is an important part of regenerating our game.
“But it is only the start. As the SFSA Fans Manifesto makes clear, we need a thorough shake up at all levels, including fresh attention to how the game is run, governed, structured, owned and financed. Football is the people’s game, and needs to move forward as such.”
The Scottish Football Supporters Association – whose major backers include former First Minister, Henry McLeish and football legend and former Scotland captain, Gary McAllister – is sending copies of the Fans’ Manifesto to all members of the Scottish Parliament and to all the Scottish MP’s at Westminster.
It has backed calls for a ‘national conversation’ about the future of the game in the form of a summit drawing key stakeholders together.
For further information on The SFSA please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519 or Simon Barrow on 07850-120413
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