Date: 18th December 2020
FANS GROUP CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO HELP CLUBS
Following media reports that second-tier professional clubs in Scotland are among those facing serious financial concerns in the face of COVID pressures, the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) is pressing for the development of a Scottish Football Recovery Plan as soon as possible.
CEO Paul Goodwin said: “Scottish football at all levels faces both an immediate pandemic crisis, and the huge long-term task of rebuilding the game. If Championship clubs are in trouble, as is being reported, we can be sure that smaller ones are too.
“We believe that fans, who are the chief paying customers for most clubs, have a significant role to play in addressing both the short-term and long-term challenges in our game.
“While money from the Scottish Government and from private benefactors is welcome, the sums involved need to be spread widely, and the undeniable fact is that more resources are clearly required.
“What we surely need right now is a proper Recovery Plan for the game, and for the football authorities to bring ourselves and others with commercial experience round the table to look at what more can be done.
The SFSA is rapidly heading towards 100,000 individual and affiliate members following the launch of its #GetTheBallRolling campaign last week. It will be announcing plans for an independent, supporter-led review of Scottish football in 2021.
“In the meantime, the time for action and for pulling together has never been greater,” says Paul Goodwin. “Football is our national game, and a huge community asset. We have to do everything possible to ensure its future.”
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