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16 is the magic number at Reading

Last Saturday’s outbreak of supporter solidarity at the Madejski Stadium saw Port Vale fans chanting “You greedy b******s, get out of their club” as Reading fans invaded the pitch to make their thoughts on owner Dai Yongge clear.

Yongge’s tenure has seen Reading run into the ground with staff wages going unpaid and an astonishing 16-points deducted in the past two seasons.

And that number 16 has taken on a new dimension with supporter solidarity hitting new levels as Port Vale fans have called on supporters across the game to clap on the 16th minute to mark Reading’s plight.

The idea has been backed by the Supporters Trust At Reading (STAR) and campaign group Sell Before We Dai.

While this isn’t a specific FSA initiative we do think it’s a lovely idea and would like to see stands where it’s taken off – if your supporters join in send us the clip via email or tag us on Twitter X @WeAreTheFSA and we’ll give it a share.

Earlier this week the FSA joined Reading supporter groups in a meeting with the EFL to discuss next steps.

What do Reading fans say?

STAR chair Sarah Turner told us that the “one good thing” to come out of the entire situation was the solidarity shown by supporters at other clubs.

“We are not the only club that are suffering under an incompetent owner and we are aware that we unfortunately won’t be the last,” she said. “We will use what we have learnt to try and raise awareness and make changes that will have a positive impact for all clubs going forward.

Football has an ownership problem and it needs systematic change. To highlight this message if you are able and willing to stand up in the 16th minute to show that things need to change – please join us.

“We hope no one else has to go through the worry of losing their club and we are using our publicity to raise the awareness of the continued issue as well as highlighting our own personal fight,” said Sarah.

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