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Sports minister backs Twenty’s Plenty

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The Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP, praised clubs who have made efforts to reduce ticket prices and make live football more affordable.

Crouch was asked what discussions Government had had with the FA, Premier League and Football League on the cost to supporters of following football.

The Parliamentary question came from Jo Stevens, Cardiff Central MP and treasurer of the newly-formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Football Supporters, to which the FSF provides secretariat duties.

“I have raised the issue of costs to supporters with the football authorities but it is important to remember this is a matter for individual clubs,” Crouch says in her written response.

“However I am pleased to hear of some excellent examples of clubs reducing ticket prices such as Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers – in line with the Football Supporters’ Federation ‘Twenty Plenty’ campaign, and that Premier League clubs are also considering an extension of the Away Supporters’ Initiative.”

Crouch also told MPs that clubs benefit greatly from working with supporter organisations as well as praising volunteers who help run the game at non-league level.

The FSF will work to strengthen the voice of fans in Parliament via the APPG and political lobbying.

Thanks to Gordon Wrigley for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under CC licence.

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