Representatives of Premier League supporters, including one from each top flight club, under the auspices of the Football Supporters’ Federation, today met with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.
Following the Government’s Expert Working Group (EWG) on Fan Engagement and Supporter Ownership, the football authorities committed to structured dialogue with fans and this was the first national meeting in that ongoing process.
The discussion covered the aforementioned EWG, ticket prices, the implications of TV on fixture changes, safe standing, the Independent Football Ombudsman, Premier League teams in the English Football League Trophy and the prospect of clubs paying the Living Wage.
More detailed notes on those discussions will be made available in due course including, crucially, follow up actions. Dialogue between fans and the authorities is important but it means little unless the resulting ideas are full explored or commitments delivered.
The Premier League has committed to bi-annual meetings with all club representatives present; between those sessions sub-groups will be organised to look at issues in greater detail and engage with the appropriate Premier League officials during that time.
This was a positive first step in what we hope will be a long-term commitment to dialogue between fan groups and the authorities that delivers results for match-going supporters.
This meeting was attended by one fan from every top-flight club drawn from the FSF’s network of democratically affiliated/associated fan groups, fanzines and activists. If you’d like to know more about that and get involved email [email protected]