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SFSA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW SFA CEO

Date: 23rd April 2018

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SFSA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW SFA CEO

Scotland’s national fans group welcomes the appointment of Ian Maxwell
SFSA calls for a fresh start to fans affairs in Scotland

23rd April 2018: The Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) has today congratulated the SFA on the appointment of its new CEO, Ian Maxwell, and has called for a change of direction for the organisation in its handling of fans affairs in the future.

The SFSA – Scotland’s national fans body – is a not-for-profit, members’ organisation open to everyone, whether they are individuals, supporters groups or affiliates. The body, which currently has over 71,000 members, has had dealings with Ian Maxwell during his tenure as Managing Director at Partick Thistle FC.

Simon Barrow, Chair of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, said: “It is extremely important that the Scottish Football Association uses this appointment to change direction from the way fans have previously been treated. We believe that supporters deserve more recognition in Scottish football – as do players and coaches/managers. Ian has proven to be an excellent advocate for fans having a significant voice at Partick Thistle and we do hope that he will be allowed to build on that experience when he takes over at Hampden Park.

“At the end of last year our independent academic research showed that the reputation of the football authorities was exceptionally poor. We as supporters are more than happy to work with Ian Maxwell and others to improve that situation in the months and years ahead. We now need more fan engagement at every level to make this truly ‘the people’s game’ once more.”

The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa, through #reclaimthegame and on Facebook.

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