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A message to ALL football fans, regardless of which club you follow; 

Blackpool Supporters Trust has recently created a government petition with the following aim; 

The Government must introduce an independent regulator for English football. We urge the Government to introduce an independent regulator for English football, charged with ensuring the highest possible standards of governance for all clubs. 

The troubles we have endured at Blackpool FC during the Oyston ownership are well documented and make unbelievable reading, which has culminated in the Oystons being made to pay Valeri Belokon over £30m. 

Blackpool FC has become a by-word in the football community for mismanagement and crisis, and yet after a period several years, nothing has been done. The EFL shows no sign that it understands what its leadership role in this area should be, and as it clearly can’t - or won’t - rise to the challenge, then we feel that the Government must step in to lead the process of fundamental reform that is clearly needed. 

Blackpool is not the only club in such circumstances. Other 'crisis' clubs include AFC Wimbledon, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Leeds United. 

Football clubs are too precious and too much a part of the fabric of our national life, to be left to the mercy of unregulated and often unscrupulous ownership. They need the protection of a robust regulatory framework that offers a range of sanctions against wrongdoers, mechanisms that allow problems to be confronted before they become deep-rooted and a governing body that has the desire to use it. 

As football fans, I would ask that you join us in trying to bring about change within the game and hopefully prevent future owners from loading clubs with debt and running clubs into the ground. 

We are all fans and we should stick together to ensure the clubs we love are owned and managed properly. 

The petition can be found here – [petition.parliament.uk] 

Thank you all for your support and if you have Twitter, please feel free to tweet this or add on Facebook - get this message out there!! 
If you are a member of any other of your club's fans forums, please post this on there to spread the word – we, as fans, are all in this together. 

Please let us know if you sign it by adding a comment. 

You can also sign the petition if you are browsing as a guest on this forum. 

MODS: please could you make this a sticky for us, we need all the support we can get 

Football without fans is nothing 

Good luck for the rest of the season :-) 
Last edited by Tangerino on Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:03 am, edited 2 times in total. 



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Yeah but at the end of the day, they are businesses. They are regulated too, by FIFA and the fa. Don't think this petition will get anywhere. You have to think that people who takeover the clubs are in it for the money and nothing else. So surely they will try to do the best for the clubs to ensure they get a return on any investment, unless they are stupid and clueless. 


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21 hours ago, boro_boy said:

unless they are stupid and clueless. 


That is the point tho, many of them are stupid and clueless, and dont give a fuck about the fans. Their idea is to make a few quid quickly which rarely works, and sees clubs literally sees clubs driven into oblivion. football clubs in the UK are a way of life for many people, not an excuse for foreign chancers to think they can make a quick buck, often failing leaving the club in a bad state.

Any petition is a waste of time with your atitude @boro_boy. Yet if the people that agree with it, actually take time to sign it, it can and will make a difference. That may mean 30 seconds away from a playstation tho, or lifting the head away from the mobile phone. Sadly in this generation not many will take that minute or so to do it. Yet in a few years time they will be moaning about the exact same thing they had a chance to change.

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