FSA affiliates Spirit of Shankly (SoS) will head up a new Supporters Board at Liverpool which the club says will “deliver meaningful fan representation at main board and executive levels”.
The Supporters Board will be written into the club’s regulations and is described as “legally binding” by both the club and SoS.
It will be launched ahead of the new season and, while SoS will lead the body it is also tasked with engaging other affiliate groups and the wider fanbase to ensure the Supporters Board is “representative”.
SoS said this will increase the supporters’ voice when it comes to issues such as ticketing matters but, crucially, their input will not be limited to matchday issues and they will have regular dialogue with the club’s UK directors.
Spirit of Shankly: “We will have influence and the power to say yes or no, in effect a blocking mechanism on issues that matter most to fans, such as saying no to ESL or any future breakaway league.”
SoS chair Joe Blott said their members would have the opportunity to ratify the agreement in an upcoming online meeting. More discussions were also due to take place with the club to map out further details.
He added: “After discussions of the past weeks, we believe this is a unique deal and recommend its acceptance. We see this as a chance to help shape the future of our club and put us at the forefront of changing football in general.”
In the aftermath of the European Super League collapse the clubs involved have taken measures to try and heal the relationship with their fanbases, with varying degrees of success.
What does the FSA think?
The ESL shambles presented an opportunity for many fan groups at the top of the Premier League to redefine their relationship with their clubs, and many of our affiliates are attempting to do just that.
It is therefore critical that the imminent fan-led review supports their work and implements new measures which put supporter groups at the heart of their clubs. Self-regulation has failed.
We are preparing our submission to the fan-led review which will align with the core principles of our Sustain The Game! campaign and update the arguments made in our comprehensive 2018 paper Improving The Regulation of Professional Football Clubs.
On Monday 14th June MPs will also debate a petition to introduce an independent regulator into football. Fans can contact their MP and encourage them to engage positively with both that debate and the fan-led review – see this link for further information on ideas and arguments you may wish to include.