Date: 30th April 2020
NEWS RELEASE FROM SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL FANS ASSOCIATION
SFSA SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO LISTEN TO FANS AND PLAYERS
29th April 2020: The Scottish Football Supporters Association fully supports the decisions taken in Scotland and elsewhere to close down football to help the authorities deal with and restrict the growth curve of the Corona virus. The organisation also supports the call to use this period to restructure the league format in Scotland and has consulted with fans to quickly gather fast and essential feedback.
3250 responses were in received and fans of all clubs were represented in a balanced insight.
Andy Smith Chair of the SFSA said, As part of our recent research fans the message coming clearly from fans is that it is essential that the contribution made by them financially and emotionally to the well being of the game should be recognised. We were delighted that the Group set up to look into reconstruction will accept our submissions.
We say to the SPFL
“Now is the time to circle the wagons and protect our footballing family. Relegation now is unfair and not necessary”.
“There are currently too many unknowns to make meaningful decisions on the structure for our re-entry leagues and season, so hold back”
“Fans want the pyramid system respected and value football at the grass roots”
“Fans want real openness, fairness and transparency with no favourites or self interest driven cherry picking”
“Fans and Players need a permanent voice and input to key aspects of the game”
SFSA has had dialogue with many supporters right across the divisions who believe that the evidence clearly shows that football supporters in Scotland want larger leagues. The research did not focus on what preferred model fans preferred but looked at the wider aspects of reconstruction. Further research is planned.
Survey results from FanQ Fast-Research Panel
3250 responses by return
46% of fans are season ticket holders
75% of fans say we should follow the UEFA lead on how the season ends and new season starts
70% of fans say now is the time to consider league reconstruction
84% of fans say Supporters must have a say in reconstruction
64% of fans say that it is unfair to relegate teams based on the average points basis
83% of fans do not want to watch the same opposition 4 times in a season
71% want to play the opposition twice 16% would be happy with 3 times and only 14% are happy with 4 games
87% of fans believe supporters have ongoing representation will benefit football
For further information on The SFSA please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519 of Andy Smith on 0779 6697156
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