Sunday Mirror

FSA: FANS UNITE TO FIGHT THREAT

- BY JOHN RICHARD­SON Sports · Liverpool · Liverpool Football Club · Manchester United F.C. · Manchester

‘PROJECT BIG PIC­TURE’, a Euro­pean Su­per League, pay-per-view and Covid-19 are bring­ing many clubs to their knees.

But far from be­ing bowed there ap­pears a re­mark­able re­sis­tance and unity to face foot­ball’s big is­sues head on.

And that’s an en­cour­ag­ing sce­nario for the in­flu­en­tial Foot­ball Sup­port­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Miles (above) said: “Right now there are a lot of is­sues that sup­port­ers have great con­cerns about. With the Covid-19 sit­u­a­tion there are many clubs un­der threat, the stakes are a lot higher in many ways.

“Ob­vi­ously the clubs would like fans back in the grounds. That gives us some sway in things. We’ve done a lot in the last cou­ple of years on build­ing con­nec­tions with politi­cians.

“We also had a man­i­festo agree­ment from the Government for a fan-led re­view of the gov­er­nance of foot­ball. That has taken on a new im­por­tance since ‘Project Big Pic­ture’ and all that sort of stuff.

“It’s not the first time that the big clubs led by Liver­pool and Manchester United have been as­so­ci­ated with things like ‘Project Big Pic­ture’.

“We’ve had talk not so long be­fore that of a Euro­pean Su­per League which has sur­faced again in the last fort­night.

“Th­ese clubs should have learned by now that they try to make th­ese changes at their peril be­cause th­ese fan groups will not sit by qui­etly.”

The FSA isn’t just con­cerned about mat­ters among the higher ech­e­lon – there are con­cerns over the whole foot­ball pyra­mid.

He said: “The fans have been great on the PPV stuff. The money raised for food banks is a good way of show­ing the con­trast be­tween the wealth at the top of the game and the re­al­ity of what is go­ing on in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“There is a gen­eral ap­pre­ci­a­tion among fans through­out the coun­try over the im­por­tance of foot­ball’s pyra­mid.

“They all re­alise how im­por­tant foot­ball clubs are in the lives of in­di­vid­ual fans and also whole com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s in­grained into our cul­ture,” added Miles.

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