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Election 2017: Football Question Time

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Back in 2015 the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Supporters Direct (SD) posed 10 questions on football policies to the major political parties ahead of the general election.

It proved a worthwhile exercise so we thought we’d repeat the feat ahead of Thursday 8th June by quizzing all the major parties on key fan issues.

Fans come from all sides of the political spectrum and we wouldn’t dream of encouraging people to vote based solely on football policy but we do think it’s important that fans are informed on all subjects ahead of their trip to the voting booth.

In 2015 the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP and TUSC all responded to our questions. This time around we’ve only heard back from Labour and the Liberal Democrats but we will follow up all parties to see if we can secure more answers.

The FSF and SD asked:

  1. Do you believe Government has a role in ensuring football is affordable?
  2. The Premier League are exploring safe standing and the EFL back a pilot. Would your Government listen to the football industry and fans?
  3. Bad owners and clubs in crisis – what solutions would your Government introduce? Independent directors on boards? FA reform? Legislative change which gives supporter trusts the right to bid for their club when ownership changes hands?
  4. What would you do to remove obstacles to fan ownership? Do you support SD’s proposal to create a new status in tax law for community owned sports clubs?
  5. Broadcasters move games at will with no thought for match-going fans. A Private Members Bill submitted by Justin Madders in December 2016 “required local authorities to consider the needs of match going supporters when approving kick off times”. Would your Government act on this issue?
  6. Premier League broadcast rights for 2016-2019 are worth around £8.3bn. Do you think the Premier League has a responsibility to redistribute this wealth?
  7. Should Government worry about the success/failure of the national team?
  8. What policies would you implement to encourage more people to play football and how would you improve grassroots facilities?
  9. How would you ensure that football is accessible to all and that the game’s governing bodies are reflective of society?
  10. Do you have any other policies which are relevant to football fans?

 Thanks to UK Parliament  for the image reproduced under CC license.

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